Building of the First Temple: A Study in Redactional, Text-Critical &
Historical Perspective

Forschungen zum Alten Testament No.103

The Building of the First Temple

By: Peter Dubovsky
December 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161538056
277 Pages
$149.50 Hardcover

What can you say about 1 Kings 6-8, attributing the building of the Temple in its full glory of Solomon? Peter Dubovský approaches these texts from a diachronic perspective on, by examining documents from the Ancient Near East, showing that the temples were often changed. He analyzed scriptures that point out that the first temple, some significant changes were made. This realization leads to the final step of his inquiry: He delivers a minimalist version of a chronological development of the first temple and ventured a more nuanced version. This conclusion should be faced on the one hand, ultimately the results of an archaeological dig, as they become available; on the other hand, this study has perhaps nuances out who receive just a text and no archaeologist can dig.