The Ominous Undertones in the Bible's Description of the Temple

Solomon builds it for the Lord, but the Lord is not so impressed.

From Solomon Dedicates the Temple at Jerusalem, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot. Jewish Museum.

From Solomon Dedicates the Temple at Jerusalem, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot. Jewish Museum.

Atar Hadari
Observation
Feb. 11 2016
About the author

Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award. His Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin earned a PEN Translates award and was released in 2019 by Arc Publications. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes and is completing a PhD on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.


Last year, writing about the story of Koraḥ’s rebellion against Moses in the book of Numbers, I drew a contrast between the Bible’s treatment of the two contending figures and Shakespeare’s treatment of Bolingbroke and Richard II. In Shakespeare’s play, Bolingbroke’s merits so outweigh Richard’s that he successfully displaces the king to become Henry IV.

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