Easter and the Lenten season’s focus are on Christ, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, a place many have visited. For those who haven’t, but would like to Dr. Price’s Rose Guide to the Temple is the next best thing to being there. Noted research Professor, Dr. Randall Price, Th.M., PhD covers the “entire history of the Temple in Jerusalem, from the time of Abraham to modern day” in Rose Guide to the Temple, with text and pictures on full-color glossy pages. It’s a lavish visual delight of superb graphics, maps, lush illustrations, pictures, labeled diagrams and drawings that provide detailed historical context of the Temple Mount. When readers finish they will understand why Judaism, Islamic tradition and Christianity consider the Temple important.
The attractive spiral bound book contains an introduction, three sections, “Before the Temple…The first Temple…The Second Temple” and concludes with “The Modern Temple Mount and Future Temple.” Price’s comprehensive information gives readers a spectacular pictorial tour that brings to life a stunning 4000 year historical landscape.
The introduction explores the Temple’s spiritual meaning and God’s desire for relationship with His people and how God inspired, by divine revelation, the Temple’s specifications. God planned it as His dwelling place on earth, while it would also act as a “visual aid” for the people of Israel to comprehend God’s glory.
Some of what readers find in this exceptionally well-done book:
· A two-sided “24-inch-long fold-out poster of the Temple Mount by National Geographic.
· Half-page pictures contrasting the Garden of Eden and cut-away of the Tabernacle (pg. 8)
· The two-page full-color cutaway of the Tabernacle that lifts to reveal the exquisite interior with Ark of the Covenant, golden lampstand and other items in the Holy of Holies. (pg. 10-13)
· Multiple color-coded maps throughout.
· The extravagant, vibrant portrayal and cutaways of Solomon’s Temple (pgs. 32-37)
· Sacrifices and their significances (pg. 43)
· Six easy-to-understand timelines from the first temple through “modern time.”
· Archeological discoveries with pictures, descriptions and meanings in each section.
· The modern Temple, Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount Gates.
· The mystery of the “Lost Ark,” when it disappeared and where it might be today.
I found the archaeological discoveries, their pictures, diagrams, dates and descriptions of where found and how they validated Scripture, especially interesting. Particularly those of walls, lintels, arch stones, doorways and more I’ve read about in Scripture.
If the Temple were built today it would require 575 tons of silver, cost $755 million US dollars and 270 tons of gold at the cost of $15.3 billion or more with fluctuating gold prices, not to mention 610 tons of bronze and 3,400 tons of iron. (pg. 24)
From the unique transparency cut-away overlays to a visual tour of the Holy Land to information that has never before been published, Rose Guide to the Temple is a literary extravaganza excellent for students, pastor or lay readers. On a scale of one to ten, this book is 20+
For more Bible maps, charts and timelines from this impressive publisher click through the list of books that headlines the review.
‘Rose Guide to the Temple’ by Dr. Randall Price, Spiral Bound, Rose Publishing, 2012, 144 Pages, 978-1596364684, $29.99 www.rose-publishing.com/
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