The Relationship between Temple and Agriculture in the Book of Haggai
The Book of Haggai is primarily concerned with agriculture and the temple. This analysis of Haggai includes an examination of the temple’s reconstruction from a historical and economic point of view, with agriculture playing a central role. Archaeological records are examined and show that prized commodities such as olives and grapes were produced in and around Jerusalem in large quantities and exported all over the ancient Near East.
This book is intended to shed new light on the value of agriculture for the people of Judah and the whole imperial economy. It also presents a new interpretation of the Book of Haggai and a new perspective on the temple economy in Jerusalem.
List of Abbreviations ix Introduction: Restoration of the Jerusalem Temple 1 Chapter 1 Agriculture and Economy in the Ancient Near East 21 Chapter 2 Darius and the Achaemenid Empire 75 Chapter 3 Judah in the Neo-Babylonian and the Achaemenid Periods 117 Chapter 4 Judah in the Achaemenid Economy: Hag 1:1–15 151 Chapter 5 A Judean Revolt and its Results: Hag 2:1–23 207 Conclusion 277 Index 281
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