The Temple and the Tabernacle

A Study of God's Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation

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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


J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word and The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook.


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"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. I really enjoyed Danny Hays's The Temple and the Tabernacle, and I learned a lot. 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

"Finally, there is a smart alternative to the silly dribble often proffered to the church about how Christians should understand Israel's tabernacle and temple. Bible teachers in the church often have had to choose between dismissing the tabernacle as old covenant or giving allegories about tent pegs. Hays offers a refreshing alternative, grounded solidly in Scripture. Sound evangelical theology is presented in clear, simple language with practical application. Temple as the presence of God is traced from Genesis to the Revelation, and God's plan for sacred space is described from Eden's garden, to the tabernacle, Solomon's temple, and the second temple, and finally to God's temple in the New Testament. Hays concludes by answering the 'So what?' question with practical wisdom: Why does the temple matter for Christians? It tells us how to live with God in our midst."

E. Randolph Richards, professor of biblical studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University

"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. I really enjoyed Danny Hays's The Temple and the Tabernacle, and I learned a lot. 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

"Finally, there is a smart alternative to the silly dribble often proffered to the church about how Christians should understand Israel's tabernacle and temple. Bible teachers in the church often have had to choose between dismissing the tabernacle as old covenant or giving allegories about tent pegs. Hays offers a refreshing alternative, grounded solidly in Scripture. Sound evangelical theology is presented in clear, simple language with practical application. Temple as the presence of God is traced from Genesis to the Revelation, and God's plan for sacred space is described from Eden's garden, to the tabernacle, Solomon's temple, and the second temple, and finally to God's temple in the New Testament. Hays concludes by answering the "So what?" question with practical wisdom: Why does the temple matter for Christians? It tells us how to live with God in our midst."

E. Randolph Richards, professor of biblical studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University


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    J. Daniel Hays

    J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books,...

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