The House of the Lord

A Catholic Biblical Theology of God's Temple Presence in the Old and New Testaments

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Steven C. Smith
  • St Bonaventure, NY: 
    Franciscan University Press
    , August
     392 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The House of the Lord invites readers to participate in a unique journey: a deep exploration of the Old and New Testaments that searches out and contemplates the reality of God's presence with his people, with a particular focus on investigating God's self-revelation in and through the biblical temple. The journey represents a tour de force of biblical theology, guided by author Steven Smith, a Catholic biblical scholar, seminary professor, and expert on the temple and the Holy Land. In addition to the temple, Smith observes the centrality of priesthood in both the Old and New Testaments, exploring all four Gospels like never before, through a temple lens. From Genesis onward, Smith carefully traces the biblical mystery of the temple, including the Sanctuary of Mount Eden, the tabernacle of the wilderness, the rise and fall of Solomon's Temple, Herod's Temple in Jesus's day, and the heavenly sanctuary of Revelation. Supported by a massive array of evidence and details, from sources across two millennia of biblical theology, this book will be read and read again for its value as a reference work. The House of the Lord is for anyone who seeks to understand more deeply the message of the biblical story.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steven C. Smith is Associate Professor of Scripture at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary (Mundelein, IL).


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