Three subjects dominate biblical religion: sacrifices, the temple, and the monarchy. No one can deny the central place each of these plays in the narratives of the Bible. And yet, for the past 2,000 years, all who seek to follow or claim to follow “biblical religion” have been without all three. The absence of these elements leads to questions. Were sacrifices needed? Are they needed now? Does God desire them? What about the temple? Is a temple needed? Did God ask for a temple? What about the monarchy? Did God desire a monarchy for Israel? Is the “torah of the king (Deuteronomy 17:14-20)” authentic to the Torah? Was this written in the time of Moses? A careful study of the biblical texts reveals some surprising and challenging answers.

This teaching is part of a year-long study of the Pentateuch called, The Pentateuch: A New Look.


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