Robert Hayward offers a careful analysis of surviving accounts of the Temple and its service. All the central texts are provided in translation, with a detailed commentary. While descriptions of the Temple and its service are available, discussions of the meaning of these things are less easily found. This study clearly illustrates how the Temple was seen as a meeting point between heaven and earth, its service being an earthly representation of heavenly reality. Jews regarded the Temple service therefore as having significance for the whole created world. The Jewish Temple offers a valuable collection of materials both for those looking for an introduction to the topic and for the scholar interested in grasping the meanings beyond those texts.
'The book usefully fills a gap, because no such comparative analysis seems to have been undertaken before. It will be a valuable resource for those from undergraduate level upward who are studying Second Temple Judaism.' - Richard Coggins, Theological Book Review
This is a valuable contribution to the going interest in ancient temple lore.' - Internationale Zeitscriftenschau fur Bnelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete