The Temple and Cosmology: Recommended Reading

ParryI am often asked if I have published anything that would give people, in an accessible form, a written version of what I teach on the OT Temple and the cosmos. Alas, I have not.

But now somebody else has produced a highly readable discussion of these topics. So I highly recommend Robin Parry’s The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible. He’s done a far better job than I could have. In particular, I liked:

  • The avoidance of unnecessary jargon and down-to-earth style.
  • The supporting pictures, hand-drawn by his daughter, Hannah Parry.
  • The way Parry combines up-to-date OT scholarship with stimulating and insightful reflections on the relationship between the OT view of the cosmos and modern debates about the relationship between science and faith.

I don’t agree with everything Parry says. I think, for example, he goes too far in ascribing divine language to parts of the cosmos. But he’s dealing with questions at the cutting edge of biblical scholarship, where there is much that is still hotly debated. And, in the main, when he engages the biblical material, his observations represent the emerging consensus amongst specialists.

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