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It is with all of these ideas in mind that we present the ten essays in this volume. The authors were among the participants in a larger international conference, “Contextualizing Jewish Temples: Opportunities and Challenges,” held at Bar-Ilan University, on 6–9 May, 2018, supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 2141/17), by Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, by Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies, and by Bar-Ilan University. There, our purpose was to spark fruitful scholarly discourse that might result in broader methodological insights. This aim guided our organization of the original conference, where, as much as possible, presenters and respondents were grouped around a common temple theme, idea, or type of source, rather than along strictly historical or disciplinary lines. And, as with any such conference, our purpose was furthered by the dialogues between presenters and the audience, as well as by the unspoken cross-disciplinary statements that emerged from the program, overall.