Grasp the majesty, beauty, and significance of God's dwelling places
At various points in Israel's history, God dwelt in specific, significant places, most notably in the tabernacle and the temple. These structures, meticulously planned, extravagantly furnished, and regularly frequented by the devout, were more than just places of worship and sacrifice. They were pictures of God's relationship with his chosen people and of the atoning work that would be done by the Messiah. To understand the tabernacle and the temple, then, is to understand how we are brought into God's family through the sacrifice of his only Son, Jesus.
Visually stunning and theologically rich, this full-color resource brings together the latest scholarship and archeological discoveries to make God's dwelling places come alive for modern believers. It places these important structures in their historical and theological contexts, connects them with the overall biblical story, and shows how they bring meaning and depth to the faith of Christians today.
"The word fresh would not normally be the first descriptor to come to mind when dealing with a book grounded in biblical backgrounds, but it fits here. Hays has dug a way out of a number of ruts in thinking about the tabernacle and Solomon's temple, and his insights continue to reverberate through his treatment of the temple(s) in the rest of the biblical story. The theological fruit of the study are especially exciting as the author draws out implications for the modern church."--George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University