Palace and Temple

Palace and Temple

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This book is a critical study of the role played by architecture and texts in promoting political and religious ideologies in the ancient world. It explains a palace as an element in royal propaganda seeking to influence social concepts about kingship, and a text about a temple as influencing social concepts about the relationship between God and human beings. Applying the methods of analysis developed in built environment studies, the author interprets the palace and temple building programs of Sennacherib, King of Assyria, and Solomon, King of Israel. The physical evidence for the palace and the verbal evidence for the temple are explained as presenting communicative icons intended to influence contemporary political and religious concepts. The volume concludes with innovative interpretations of the contributions of architectural and verbal icons to religious and political reform.... Acts of Solomon had gotten its information from the actual instructions given to the artisans and craftsmen who had worked on the temple.29 Subsequent works have proffered ... many of which are hapax legomena, contributes to the sense of architectural accuracy. ... The problem remains, however, that many scholars use the terms a€œarchivea€ and a€œannalistica€ to describe the proposed source documentsanbsp;...

Title:Palace and Temple
Author:Clifford Mark McCormick
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2002-01-01


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