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Axis of Glory

A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Temple Motif in Scripture

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Dan Lioy

In Axis of Glory, Dan Lioy conducts a biblical and theological analysis of the temple motif as a conceptual and linguistic framework for understanding Scripture. His investigation takes a fresh look at the topic, assesses a representative group of the Judeo-Christian writings through the various prisms of secondary literature, and offers a synthesis of what appears in the biblical data. The author notes that references and allusions connected with the temple motif crisscross the entire literary landscape of Scripture. An additional finding is that the presence of the shrine concept is comparable to a series of rhetorical threads that join the fabric of God’s Word and weaves together its seemingly eclectic and esoteric narratives into a richly textured, multicolored tapestry. The author concludes that the Bible’s theocentric and Christocentric emphases are heightened in their intensity and sharpened in their focus due to the temple motif making its way through the pages of the sacred text, beginning with the opening chapter of Genesis and ending with the final chapter of Revelation.

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Editor’s Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Chapter 1: Prologue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Chapter 2: The Garden of Eden as a Primordial Temple or Sacred Space for Humankind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Chapter 3: The Priestly Activity of God’s People in Sacred Spaces during the Early Biblical Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Chapter 4: The Tabernacle and Temple as a Continuation of the Temple-Garden in Eden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Chapter 5: The Depictions of God’s Heavenly Temple in Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Chapter 6: The Temple Motif in the Synoptic Gospels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Chapter 7: The Temple Motif in the Fourth Gospel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Chapter 8: The Temple Motif in Acts and Hebrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Chapter 9: The Temple Motif in the Writings of Paul and Peter . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Chapter 10: The Temple Motif in the Book of Revelation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Chapter 11: Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Subject Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 References Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Lioy Axis of Glory:Axis of Glory 2/1/10 7:57 AM Page 3 EDITOR’S PREFACE More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded be-yond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodolog-ical, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing bibli- cal discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study....

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