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Published on Sep 22, 2012
It has long been recognized that the story of Noah recapitulates the stories of the Creation, the Garden, and the Fall of Adam and Eve. What has been generally under appreciated by modern scholarship, however, is the nature and depth of the relationship between these stories and the liturgy and layout of temples, not only in Israel but also throughout the ancient Near East. And this relationship goes two ways. Not only have accounts of primeval history been included as a significant part of ancient temple worship, but also, in striking abundance, themes echoing temple architecture, furnishings, ritual, and covenants have been deeply woven into the scripture stories themselves. To the extent that the biblical accounts of the Creation, the Garden, and the Fall are re-played in the story of Noah, one might expect similar temple themes to recur.