In this book devoted exclusively to temples and perceptions of the divine presences that inhabit them, Michael B. Hundley focuses on the official religions of the ancient Near East and explores the interface between the human and the divine within temple environs.
Hundley identifies common ancient Near Eastern temple systems and examines issues that include what temple structures communicate, how temples were understood to function, temple ideology, the installation of divine presence in a temple, the connection between presence and physical representation, and human service to the deity.
Drawing on architectural and spatial theory, ritual theory, theories of language, art history, archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and comparative studies, Hundley offers a single interpretive lens through which to view temple worship.
- A close examination of temples in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Hittite Anatolia, and Syria-Palestine
- An interdisciplinary treatment of architecture, language, ritual, and art
- A dual focus on how a deity's divine presence connects to space and art and how human service to the deity maintains the deity's active presence