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Dr. Shalom Holtz Co-Edits Volume for Brill Reference Library

Dr. Shalom Holtz, professor of Bible and associate dean for academic affairs at Yeshiva College, has co-edited Contextualizing Jewish Temples with Dr. Tova Ganzel, lecturer in Bible and halacha [Jewish law] at Bar-Ilan University. The volume is number 64 in the The Brill Reference Library of Judaism.

As Dr. Holtz explained, “Jewish temples stood in Jerusalem for nearly one thousand years and were a dominant feature in the life of the ancient Judeans throughout antiquity. This volume strives to obtain a diachronic and topical cross-section of central features of the varied aspects of the Jewish temples that stood in Jerusalem, one that draws on and incorporates different disciplinary and methodological viewpoints.” In other words, he said, “our volume brings together studies of temples in different historical periods with the aim of contrasting and comparing them.”

Ten essays comprise the book:

  • “The Sacred Bureaucracy of Neo-Babylonian Temples” (Yuval Levavi)
  • “Priestly Courses and the Administration of Time in Neo-Babylonian Temples” (Caroline Waerzeggers)
  • “The Priestly Sabbath and the Calendar: between Literature and Material Culture” (Jeffrey Stackert)
  • “Between the House of the Father and the House of the Lord: Privacy and Purity in the Israelite Dwelling and the Israelite Temple” (Avraham Faust)
  • “Literary Artistry and Divine Presence ”(Gary A. Anderson)
  • “Yahweh Become a Temple? MT Ezekiel 11:16 מִקְדָּ֣שׁ מְעַ֔ט Revisited” (Simeon Chavel)
  • “On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Heavenly and Earthly Temple in Ezekiel 40–48” (Paul M. Joyce)
  • “The Temple Scroll and Mishnah Middot: a Literary Comparison” (Lawrence H. Schiffman)
  • “Why Did the Early Christians Care about the Temple after 70 CE? The Case of the Gospel of Matthew” (Eyal Regev)
  • “Divine Presence in the Absence of the Temple” (Risa Levitt)