Review: The Temple and the Tabernacle


        `The Temple and the Tabernacle` is a reference book written by author J. Daniel Hays. Author J. Daniel Hays is dean of the school of Christian studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

        The tagline of this book says it's a study of God's dwelling places from Genesis to Revelation. The author's purpose in writing this book is to inform with visually stunning, full-color graphics and archaeological discoveries.

        I like the glossy pages, the colorful graphics and the easy to read script. The jist of the book is only 189 pages. However, the closing pages contain notes, bibliography, index of subjects and index of scripture and other ancient sources. Scripture references, throughout the book, come either from the New International Version (NIV), or the English Standard version (ESV).

        Each chapter begins with an overview, then subtitles with several colorful graphics. I enjoyed the use of the graphics while learning about the tabernacle. I also saw how the Old Testament intertwined with the New Testament. On page 29 it explains that the exodus event is to the Old Testament what the death and resurrection of Christ is to the New Testament.

        The Temple and the Tabernacle reads more like a reference book than a novel. There are plenty of references to scripture, sometimes making it hard to follow unless you look up each verse.

        I recommend this book to pastors and laypersons steeped in the Word of God.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

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