The Temple and the Tabernacle-By J. Daniel Hays

Grasp the majesty, beauty, and significance of God’s dwelling places
At various points in Israel’s history, God dwelt in specific, significant places, most notably in the tabernacle and the temple. These structures, meticulously planned, extravagantly furnished, and regularly frequented by the devout, were more than just places of worship and sacrifice. They were pictures of God’s relationship with his chosen people and of the atoning work that would be done by the Messiah. To understand the tabernacle and the temple, then, is to understand how we are brought into God’s family through the sacrifice of his only Son, Jesus.
Visually stunning and theologically rich, this full-color resource brings together the latest scholarship and archeological discoveries to make God’s dwelling places come alive for modern believers. It places these important structures in their historical and theological contexts, connects them with the overall biblical story, and shows how they bring meaning and depth to the faith of Christians today.

“The word fresh would not normally be the first descriptor to come to mind when dealing with a book grounded in biblical backgrounds, but it fits here. Hays has dug a way out of a number of ruts in thinking about the tabernacle and Solomon’s temple, and his insights continue to reverberate through his treatment of the temple(s) in the rest of the biblical story. The theological fruit of the study are especially exciting as the author draws out implications for the modern church.”–George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God’s Word and The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook.

My Review:

In one word to describe this book-wow. And that does not even seem to be sufficient. I’m not going to lie. I just received this book yesterday, and I sat down and before I knew it, I was finished. The book isn’t short, its 208 pages. It is just that interesting. The Temple and the Tabernacle is a study book of biblical temples and tabernacles, and Gods presence within them. Inside, the writings are jam-packed with theology and scripture based passages. 

I have always wanted to tour the Holy Land and see first-hand the places I have always read and studied about in the bible. Reading this book has that desire burning even more now. The images in this book are breathtaking. There are pictures of temples and tabernacles, paintings, and artifacts. Just to see these pictures, and know the history behind it, even to know Jesus visited and walked some of the streets pictured, is absolutely awe inspiring. 

I cannot even put into words how wonderful this book is. History fans, bible scholars, and Christians should all read this book. I highly recommend it! I rate it a 5/5 stars!
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the Baker Book Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are honest, and my own.

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