Central Sanctuary

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Central Sanctuary and Centralization of Worship in Ancient Israel. From the Settlement to the Building of Solomon's Temple

Pekka Pitkänen


Gorgias Dissertations Near Eastern Studies 5

Gorgias Press

2003, 371 Seiten


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"Dr. Pitkänen places the biblical material in its archaeological and ancient Near Eastern context an pays special attention to rhetorical analyses. After examining the Pentateuchal altar laws and the role of the central sanctuary during the premonarchial period in the biblical sources, the author concludes that Shiloh was the central sanctuary for most of the premonarchical period. However, the examined sources indicate that there was no central sanctuary, and no centralization requirement, during the earliest days of the settlement in the land of Israel, nor after the loss of the ark to the Philistines at Aphek (1 Sam 4). Combining these insights with literary and rhetorical analysis of the book of Joshua, the author suggests that the book of Joshua, as well as its sources such as Deuteronomy, may originate from as early as before the disaster of Aphek and the rejection of Shiloh."

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