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Reconstructing the temple : the royal rhetoric of temple renovation in the ancient Near East and Israel

Author: Andrew R Davis
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines temple renovation as a rhetorical topic 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 a selective history of the temple, evoking certain past traditions and omitting others. In this way, temple renovations were a kind of historiography.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Davis, Andrew R., 1978-
Reconstructing the temple
New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew R Davis
ISBN: 9780190868987 0190868988
OCLC Number: 1108803914
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, [221] pages)
Responsibility: Andrew R. Davis.

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This book examines temple renovation as a rhetorical topic 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 a selective history of the temple, evoking certain past traditions and omitting others. In this way, temple renovations were a kind of historiography. Andrew R. Davis demonstrates a pattern in the rhetoric of temple renovation texts: that kings in ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria and Persia used temple renovation to correct, or.

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