Daniel Prokop

The Pillars of the First Temple (1 Kgs 7,15–22)

A Study from Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, Archaeological, and Iconographic Perspectives

[Die Säulen des ersten Tempels (1 Kön 7,15–22). Eine Untersuchung aus altorientalischer, biblischer, archäologischer und ikonographischer Perspektive.]

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In this work, Daniel Prokop examines the description of the pillars in 1 Kgs 7,15‒22. He analyses extra-biblical parallels, Greek and Hebrew textual witnesses as well as iconography and archaeological finds to discover the symbolic meaning of the columns.
The columns referred to as Jachin and Boaz are certainly one of the most controversial features of the First Temple of Jerusalem. In this volume, Daniel Prokop examines the appearance and the meaning of the twin pillars by approaching them from different perspectives. He investigates the epigraphic evidence from Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Syria-Palestine, defines the relationship between the six different descriptions in the Hebrew Bible, and compares the most important textual witnesses of 1 Kgs 7,15–22, which will provide insight into the narrative development and transmission history of the texts. Studying iconographic data, the author explores a unique way to achieve a better understanding of the material, dimensions, names, location, and decoration of the pillars.

Daniel Prokop Born 1983; 2008 MA in Theology; 2019 PhD in Biblical Studies, Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; currently an assistant in the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and an assistant priest in Samedan, Switzerland.


The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (ZAW) — 134 (2022), pp. 291–292 (W. Zwickel)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (05/2021) (Michael Avioz)
In: Theologische Revue —–3343 (Kristin Weingart)