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Jerusalem's Temple Mount: From Solomon to the Golden Dome Hardcover – October 14, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The Continuum International Publishing Group (October 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826428843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826428844
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mentioned in author's own article, Wall Street Journal, 20/07/07
(The Wall Street Journal)

"Filled with interesting full-color photographs, reconstruction drawings, and charts accompanied by excellent descriptions, this is a useful survey of the history of the Temple Mount, by the founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. With a journalist's eye for what isinteresting, Shanks takes the reader backward through the history of the area,from the current state to its early period. The book is replete with archaeological details, history and legends, inscriptions, changing interpretations, and even discussions of forgeries. One learns of the various rival, overlapping, and fluid claims of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, while following how the archaeological details illuminate the various historical developments in clear, conciselanguage geared to the non-specialist." —Jewish Book World



"The colored photographs are beautiful, and the architectural projections illuminating. The text distills a great deal of scholarship into readable prose...A few years ago I mentioned favorably in this column Simon Goldhill's The Temple of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press), but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with Shanks' book, if only because it is so beautifully illustrated. It will help students—and teachers—visualize Solomon's great building program." —Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal, February 29, 2008

(Lawrence S. Cunningham)

"In this beautifully illustrated volume he lends his charismatic writing style to one of the most fascinating and contentious topics in religion, archaeology, and history...The work does not present any new evidence or theses, but rather consolidates research published in BAR and in academic journals, offering the material in a condensed and very readable manner, perfect for a popular audience. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates and general readers." —S. H. Werlin, CHOICE, April 2008, Vol. 45, No. 8
(S.H. Werlin)

"Shank's book is a masterpiece of haute vulgarization. Hebegins his narrative with the Temple Mount as it exists todayand works backwards from there, digging deeper and deeper into the past, untilhe gets to Solomon's temple. The colored photographs are beautiful, and thearchitectural projections illuminating...It will help students- and teachers-visualize Solomon's great building program." —Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal
(Lawrence S. Cunningham)

"stunning...The book reads like an archaeological excavation, digging deeper and deeper at the site."
Reviewed in Church Building, 2008


"An exciting and accurate account of the discovery and the decipherment of the Copper Scroll, bringing to life the intrigue and controversy surrouding this buried treasure." Church Building


"This is a wonderful pictorial history of one of the world's most famous sacred areas ... Readers interested in the debate about allegedly forged or perhaps authentic inscriptions will enjoy the discussion of the so-called Yehoash inscription that came to light in 2003. Although the book is meant for the non-specialist, scholars will benefit from using its fine plates, bibliographical notes and index."
International Review of Biblical Studies, vol. 54:2007/08


"Many readers will gain much enlightenment and enjoyment by perusing this attractive volume."
(J. Day Journal for The Study of the Old Testament)

"This lavishly illustrated book by the editor of Biblical Archaeology Review covers the period from Solomon to the Dome of the Rock.... Along the way S. deals in his inimitable way with controversies, such as what happened in the tenth century BCE according to archaeologists and recently found inscriptions, some of which may be forgeries." — Currents in Theology and Mission (Currents In Theology and Mission)

"...a publishing tour de force."
-Biblical Archeology Review


“Filled with interesting full-color photographs, reconstruction drawings, and charts accompanied by excellent descriptions, this is a useful survey of the history of the Temple Mount, by the founder and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. With a journalist’s eye for what isinteresting, Shanks takes the reader backward through the history of the area,from the current state to its early period. The book is replete with archaeological details, history and legends, inscriptions, changing interpretations, and even discussions of forgeries. One learns of the various rival, overlapping, and fluid claims of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, while following how the archaeological details illuminate the various historical developments in clear, conciselanguage geared to the non-specialist.” –Jewish Book World



"The colored photographs are beautiful, and the architectural projections illuminating. The text distills a great deal of scholarship into readable prose…A few years ago I mentioned favorably in this column Simon Goldhill's The Temple of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press), but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with Shanks' book, if only because it is so beautifully illustrated. It will help students—and teachers—visualize Solomon's great building program." —Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal, February 29, 2008

(Sanford Lakoff)

"In this beautifully illustrated volume he lends his charismatic writing style to one of the most fascinating and contentious topics in religion, archaeology, and history…The work does not present any new evidence or theses, but rather consolidates research published in BAR and in academic journals, offering the material in a condensed and very readable manner, perfect for a popular audience. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates and general readers." —S. H. Werlin, CHOICE, April 2008, Vol. 45, No. 8
(Sanford Lakoff)

“Shank’s book is a masterpiece of haute vulgarization. Hebegins his narrative with the Temple Mount as it exists todayand works backwards from there, digging deeper and deeper into the past, untilhe gets to Solomon’s temple. The colored photographs are beautiful, and thearchitectural projections illuminating…It will help students- and teachers-visualize Solomon’s great building program.” —Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal
(Sanford Lakoff)

"Many readers will gain much enlightenment and enjoyment by perusing this attractive volume."
(Sanford Lakoff Journal for The Study of the Old Testament)

“…a publishing tour de force.”
-Biblical Archeology Review

About the Author

Hershel Shanks is editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review and was a leading figure in making the complete Dead Sea Scrolls available to the world.

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Would make a great coffee table book as well as research book.
O. Paul
The author manages to cover the most compelling biblical and historical issues surrounding this most venerated parcel of real estate.
Charles Foster Kane
It has a lot of useful information and I will definately recommend it.
Laurie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This 2007 book about the Temple Mount/al-Sharif in Jerusalem/Quds is a very worthy update of archeological research regarding this site holy to the three religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yes, numerous other books have been written about this site, and one wonders: "Can another book REALY add anything NEW to this subject? After all, isn't all of this Mount stuff over 1,500 years old? What is its relevance today?" Nonetheless: "YES," is the clear answer in promoting this book. What is refreshing about this book is that the author does present a rather straight-forward "This is what I think" about some topic, but he also CLEARLY and OBJECTIVELY presents alternative views about some disputed aspect of the Mount. The author looks at the current claims by Muslims that Solomon's Temple never existed (in their attempt to deny Jewish claim to Jerusalem), and discusses the changing boundaries of the Etheral City. He loudly laments the excavations undertaken by the Muslims without oversight by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. Despite the author's pro-Jewish biases, which he clearly details, he appears to be fair and objective in listing alternative views and theories as to why and how the various temples were built. Having read the other major books regarding the Dome and the Mount, I still find this book to be very informative and FRESH in bringing together "many," yes, "many," issues/details/subjects/themes that I did not find in previous books by Dore Gold, Gorenberg, Grabar, Busse, and Nitmeyer. This book brings them all together. Interestingly, the author presents a different, but fresh (did I say "fresh" before?Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By O. Paul on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was the most excellent and comprehensive look at the temple mount that I have ever read. I used it for a research paper on the temple mount and it was by far the most helpful and interesting book. It is very well written and includes beautiful pictures. It is fairly unbiased and really gets into the details of every issue and facet of history it covers. Would make a great coffee table book as well as research book. I am so glad I own this book and I will lend it out and read it myself many many times. If you have ANY interest in the Temple Mount I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Foster Kane on March 11, 2009
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Hershel Shanks has written a fascinating and lively history of the Temple Mount. The author takes us backwards in history, beginning in the present day, and traces the history of the Temple Mount back through the Islamic period, the Second Temple period, the First Temple period and to the time prior to Solomon's Temple. The book is well-written, lively, beautifully illustrated, and absolutely fascinating for someone interested in this subject. The author manages to cover the most compelling biblical and historical issues surrounding this most venerated parcel of real estate. One only wonders what archeological discoveries lie beneath the Mount itself, currently off limits to researchers by edict of the Muslim authorities.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Telesca on January 1, 2009
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This book was one of the best books I have read on the subject of the Temple Mount and I consider Hershel Shanks an authority on all things concerning biblical archaeology. This book will not disappoint. If you are a fan of biblical archaeology, I also recommend subscribing to Biblical Archaeology Review magazine of which he is the editor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reuben Rosenberg on November 18, 2012
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Saw this book at a relative's home in Jerusalem last summer. Had not read all of it, but was amazed at how well it was written, and had to read more, but neglected to get the title. Was there this summer, and obtained the title and ISBN. Very glad to have purchased it! A very good read!
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