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Today we introduce a wonderful study resource to our Christian readers: the Rose Guide to the Temple
If you have used Apologetics Index before it is likely that you are already familiar with the handy pamphlets published by Rose Publishing.
Rose Publishing is a Christian publisher with a mission to publish and distribute easy-to-use Bible reference material, especially Bible study charts, maps, and time lines.
Recent examples listed in our research sections are, "Essential Doctrine Made Easy," "10 Questions and Answers of Buddhism," and "Free Will vs. Predestination: Calvinism and Arminianism Explained."
One of Rose Publishing's most recent publication is the Rose Guide to the Temple -- a fascinating, full-color book that provides a complete easy-to-understand overview of the history of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Based on the most up-to-date discoveries, this large format, beautifully illustrated book explains the biblical and historical background of the temple in Jerusalem during every period from Abraham to modern day.
The author is archaeologist and professor Dr. Randall Price, who has spent more than 30 years exploring the Holy Land and studying the Temple.
In his introduction to the book, Dr. Price explains why studying the temple is important for Christians.
The temple built in Jerusalem is the most important building in history. Perhaps greater and grander structures have been built, but what makes the temple the most important is that God designed this structure as the place where his glorious presence would dwell.
Though many times in history religions and political leaders have sought to deny, destroy, or replace the significance of the temple with shrines or symbols of their own, the temple and its site of the Temple Mount have continued even to this day to be before the eyes of the world.
These different perspectives on the temple have produced both controversy and conflict throughout history, and therefore those who would seek to understand the cause of this conflict must understand the subject of the temple itelf.
Modern Jews and Christians often have difficulty understanding the concept of the temple and its sacrificial system. Although the temple was a familiar and accepted institution in early Judaism and the early church, its absence for the past 2,000 years has contributed to a lack of understanding regarding the temple's nature and importance. However, bot Jesus and Christians still utilize buildings in their worship of God and believe that his presence is in some way with them as they meet.
If houses of worship are important for believers today, how much more necessary was the existence of a physicyal sanctuary when the divine presence visibly manifested itself with his people!
Though the physical temple does not stand today, the spiritual sense of the sanctuary that we experience now should help us appreciate what God provided in the past.
It is therefore only fitting that this book presents the temple visually. God originally gave the temple to the people of Israel as a visual aid to comprehending God's glory in the heavenly temple and to show the way in which God in his holiness relates to people in their sinful condition.
He provided its patterns by divine relelation and commanded that it be built according to his precise specifications. Every element in the design of the temple, like every garment and action of the priesthood, was intended for illustrating the divine ideal. From the begining of cration, God communicated this divine ideal to humankind: He desires a relationship with his creatures, but on his terms, respecting his righteous standards.
Throughout the history of divine revelation, God has continued to express this divine ideal through the concept of a sanctuary, whether actual or symbolic.
For this reason, we find the concept of sanctuary spanning the whole of written revelation -- from the first book of the Old Testament to the last book of the New Testament. The more you are able to visualize this wonderful design, the greater you will enjoy this central teaching of the Word of God.
Although the Temple Mount today is the most volatile acreage on earth, for those who seek a relationship with the God of the universe, the study of the temple is one of the most vital activities for faith and worship.
If you approach this study as one would approach the gates of the ancient temple with wonder and awe and then pass through with reverences, you will have the experience of the Israelites of old in gaining access to the knowledge of the Holy.
- Dr. Randall Price, Rose Guide to the Temple - Introduction. © Rose Publishing. Do not copy, post or publish without the express permission of Rose Publishing.
Dr. Randall Price, ThM, PhD is Distinguished Research Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Liberty University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Theological Seminary and Founder and President of World of the Bible Ministries, Inc.
Rose Guide to the Temple provides an excellent blend of research of literary sources, archeological evidence, and architectural calculations of the Temple structures. It is based on painstaking research into all the technical details provided by Scripture sources, as well as ancient literary descriptions. Its precision and visual clarity make this Guide into an indispensable source for our knowledge about the ancient Temples. The student of Scripture as well as of religion will learn much from the clear and beautiful presentation of details that cannot be easily visualized when reading Scripture passages. This book also clearly lays out the relation between the few remains of the Temple with reference to the original buildings. This is an absolute must for the modern student and visitor to Jerusalem.
- Dr. Emanuel Tov, J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
As former architect of the Temple Mount Excavations, following the 6-Day War, and as one who has, since then, been engaged in intensive Temple research, I highly recommend this book [Rose Guide to the Temple]. Its lavish illustrations which include color maps, diagrams and authoritative reconstructions, coupled with clear verbal descriptions, offer unique insights into the subject of the Temple. Christian leaders and visitors to the Holy Land will find it provides an invaluable overview of the topic from the time of the Tabernacle to the present day.
- Leen Ritmeyer, Former architect of the Temple Mount Excavations
It is a real pleasure for me to describe my joy and deep appreciation for The Rose Guide to the Temple by Dr. Randall Price. Lay people and scholars alike will find that the narrative script, the graphics, and the pictures are most scintillating and beautifully carried out throughout the entire book. I have not seen anything that compares to this work of academic responsible research and superb aesthetic taste. Not only does this text cover all periods of history in which the temple was part of those times, but it carefully and irenically explores the question of a future temple in Jerusalem with a fairness to all sides in the debate.
- Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Jacob de Vries
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