- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470674954
- ISBN-13: 978-0470674956
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,765,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book's strenght lies in its readable delineation of the Temple Mount's historical timeline. If the Christian reader can hold his nose, Solomon's Temple is worth a read as an introductory historical narrative." (The Institute for Sacred Architecture, 1 September 2013)
"In a book that bears many crown - Jewish, classical, Christian, and Islamic - the writing is accurate, precise, and learned. Readers will learn two things from this book: nothing has changed in 3,000 years, and architecture reflects and refracts this ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 September 2013)
“In this carefully researched and beautifully illustrated work, Alan Balfour places the Temple Mount within its cultural context, making a vital contribution to our understanding of the Middle East today.”
- Jonathan Schneer, Author of The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
“With the skill of a master detective, scholar and architect, Alan Balfour peels away the layers of time to reveal the astonishing history of one of the world's most significant places.”
- Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe
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the author, while being an architect, is no historian.
the book is heavily biased and tendentious.
it has little to do with the jewish temple...he is mostly in love with the dome of the rock.
the editing and grammar was atrocious.
and the price was outrageous.
I already wrote to the publisher but have not heard from them.
please take this off your list.
I would love a refund if possible.
study the religious history of the context within which the very concept of the temple emerged.
The topic, as he chooses to pursue it could have been dull and boring, as so many of the relevant historical sources tend to be.
It is a topic which appeals to specialists in particular aspects of Jewish history and architecture. I am sometimes bored by works which I simply need to read for
for my own research. Yet for me Balfour's book becomes, at times almost a page-turner. HIs refreshing command of clear, economical English enables him to give new life
to an epic evolution in human history, using as his medium the evolving design of the Temple itself.
Not a professional or academic historian, his view of both the temple and its history seems to be that of a scholar/ architect who desperately needs
to delve into the religious and political background of his subject in oreder to offer a clearer and more palatable description to those, like me, who have read on the subject yet
need a more coherent, comprehensive narrative. I question his choice of illustrations in some cases and would have preferred to see him use some of the
wonderful Bartlett engravings of the landscape and urban context of Jerusalem. Still his choices are informative and relevant so I cannot fault him there.
What makes it most interesting for me is that the Religious context is carefully set before any architectural commentary begins. In that he reminds me of some of the better
writings about such equally elusive topics as Mount Athos, Scellig Michael, or even the monastery of St. Gall.
It takes a special mind to make such material palatable and fascinating to a wide range of readers.
I believe that Dr. Balfour has done that and in doing so surprised those of us who assumed that his next book would continue his series of studies of great cities.
I suppose that, since Jerusalem is a critically important city, delving into the history of its raison d'etre is not at all astray from his scholarly arc.