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Reconstructing the TempleThe Royal Rhetoric of Temple Renovation in the Ancient Near East and Israel$
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Andrew R. Davis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190868963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190868963.001.0001

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Persian Temple Renovations and the Rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple

Persian Temple Renovations and the Rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple

(p.88) 3 Persian Temple Renovations and the Rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple
Reconstructing the Temple

Andrew R. Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how Persian kings used temple renovation to distance themselves from recent turmoil and to associate their reigns with more illustrious past traditions. The renovation was also the beginning of a larger program of cultic and/or economic restoration. This rhetoric of renovation sheds light on texts relating to the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple, especially Ezra 5:7–6:12, which employs similar rhetoric. For the Jewish elders in this passage, the renovation of the Jerusalem temple is the symbol through which they express religious continuity as well as discontinuity.

Keywords:   Cyrus, Cyrus Cylinder, Darius, Bisitun Inscription, Susa, Ezra, Tattenai

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