Temples, Tithes, and Taxes: The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel

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Hendrickson Publishers, 2006 - Religion - 209 pages
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In this study of the economic functions of the Jerusalem temple, Marty Stevens demonstrates that the temple acted as the central bank, internal revenue collector, source of loans, and even debt collector for ancient Israel. Applying a broad knowledge of temple systems throughout the ancient Near East, Stevens sheds light on the roles played by various officials mentioned in Scripture and their tasks within the temple complex. Neither "Big Brother" nor "big business," the temple still served government and commerce in the course of conducting its religious functions.

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In an attempt to determine the possible economic functions of the Jerusalem Temple in the ANE, the author tries to fill in some gaps by looking at extant documents in neighboring nations such as ... Read full review

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I just read the last review ...
This sounds like a comment from someone who like to "Cloud or muddy the waters".
We know this is the Enemy.
Mr. Stevens I have not read your book. I'm just introduced to it through "Wikipedia ...
while doing my own study on "Solomon's Temple". Wikipedia referenced your book under
the "History" Section
The sole contemporary source of information on the First Temple is the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). According to the biblical sources, the temple was constructed under king Solomon during Israel's period of united monarchy. This puts the date of its construction in the mid-10th century BCE.[1]
Here is the Link ...
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon's_Temple
The reason I was there: "I am looking to see what Month or Holiday season (if there was one) That Soloman "Dedicated" The Temple?
When I saw there was a BOOK (SUCH AS YOUR) ... I thought of Allen Greenspan's Book "The Age of turbulence"
I am NOT a READER (At least This is what I see my self as) But GOD had other plans.
Mr. Greenspan's book (Audio version LOL) "Exposed" many of the prophecies & people ... (of our day) the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel & Revelation speak about. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:4-5..."Take heed that no man deceive you. BECAUSE ... MANY will come in MY name (Authority), saying, "I am Christ"; and WILL deceive MANY."
This seems to be God's "Life Verse for me".
I am presently in "Isaiah" (of all chapters "33") And God Reviled these "People" And How He gave US a "HEADS UP" (Hint) Of 911 in this chapter.
I have a Web Site called "Daniel" It deals with the Prophetic on a "Modern" Daily way ...
Here is the Link:
When I am finished with the thought's I feel "The Holy Spirit" is giving me ...
You can find them under The Blog Section titled: "A falling away at first or Poke the eye of God?!
People such as your self "Numbers people": "Thorough, Exhaustive" (Correct me if I'm wrong) God has a need for you for people like me ...
God bless and keep up the studies
Anthony Carfagno

About the author (2006)

Marty E. Stevens teaches Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

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