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The Jerusalem Temple Mount Myth Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B00TECQK18
- Publisher : Marilyn Sams; 2 edition (8 February 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 13234 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1719259992
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For the serious researcher, it is hard to find solid, well-documented material about the "temple mount myth" as Marilyn Sams names it. The few web sites, articles and books written on the subject, at least the ones that I have come across, all seem a bit flaky and to be the work of authors with obscure religious agendas who lack the academic or journalistic rigour that one hopes for with historical research. So when I stumbled across "The Jerusalem Temple Mount Myth" by Marilyn Sams, I had high hopes.
Ms. Sams has clearly done her homework and has assembled an impressive body of evidence for her case. Sadly however, she has committed that cardinal sin of many indie authors and seemingly has published her thesis without the services of a professional editor. I am three-quarters of the way through the book and I am finding it to be a very frustrating read indeed. Here are some of the reasons why:
* With each new chapter, the author continually recycles her assertions and constantly repeats the same citations. A reader needs to be given a clear theory that builds throughout the narrative in a logical and interesting way, but it is hard to feel you are getting anywhere as you read this book.
* For a thesis about the disputed locations of many buildings and geographical features (and there are masses of them here), we need good plans and diagrams, and plenty of them. But mostly all we get here are several simplistic oblongs with square block overlaying - little or no annotation or reference to the surrounding landscape. And then there are pages and pages of complicated descriptions which left my brain in a tangle and with no diagrams at all to assist the poor confused reader.
* Units of measurement. The author continually jumps between "feet", "cubits" and "furlongs", sometimes within a sentence, without the simple device, for instance, of putting a constant reference in bracket - "40 cubits (60 ft)" would have been nice.
Despite these difficulties with her book, I am learning a lot about the temple mount myth and I felt that Marilyn Sams has something very worthwhile to report. Can I make a suggestion: to take the manuscript to a good editor, cut it down to about a third of its length and re-publish as a new edition (paper?) or a fresh title perhaps.
Top reviews from other countries
Many thanks to Rabbi Tovia Singer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2017
her starting point in investigating the question of the actual location of the Solomonic and Herodian Temples. Having been familiar with the
basic tenets of this debate since Dr; Martin first published on this question in 1998, I can honestly say that Ms Sams grasp of the question, and attention to the archaeological and historical detail involved, is simply unsurpassed. Her knowledge and understanding of the complex topography of Jerusalem is also amazing. In addition, she has researched this subject to such an extent that she provides a great number of new sources, and indeed, new arguments, that favor Dr. Martin's conclusions. The fact that the book is thus far only available on Kindle is unfortunate, and I hope the author has plans to publish a hard copy version as well. Bob Ellsworth, Pasadena, California email@example.com