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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User Review  - Nilo De Guzman Mabugat - Christianbook.com

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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Really intersting book for whoever wants to learn more about the economic aspect of temples in Ancient Israel. Read full review

About the author (2006)

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

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