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Reconstructing the Temple: The Royal Rhetoric of Temple Renovation in the Ancient Near East and Israel

Andrew R. Davis

Abstract

This book examines temple renovation as a distinct topos within royal literature of the ancient Near East. Unlike newly founded temples, which were celebrated for their novelty, temple renovations were oriented toward the past. Kings took the opportunity to rehearse the history of the temple, selectively evoking certain past traditions and omitting others. In this way, temple renovations are a kind of historiography. The particularities of each case notwithstanding, this book demonstrates a pattern in the rhetoric of temple renovation texts; namely, kings used temple renovation to correct, or ... More

Keywords: temple, renovation, rhetoric, royal inscription, historiography, Esarhaddon, Josiah, Near East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190868963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190868963.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew R. Davis, author
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Boston College