Jeremiah has to lament that there are as many altars as towns in Judah.
The Law is never weary of again and again repeating its injunction of local unity of worship.
Solomon's temple also was designed to increase the attractiveness of the city of his residence.
And finally, it was Deuteronomy that brought about the historical result of Josiah's reformation.
All writers of the Chaldaean period associate monotheism in the closest way with unity of worship.
To my thinking, this: - that the Priestly Code rests upon the result which is only the aim of Deuteronomy.
The stone which Jacob consecrated at Bethel the generation of the living continues to anoint, paying the tithes which of old he vowed to the house of God there.
For the earliest period of the history of Israel, all that precedes the building of the temple, not a trace can be found of any sanctuary of exclusive legitimacy.
The Priestly Code preponderates over the rest of the legislation in force, as well as in bulk; in all matters of primary importance it is the normal and final authority.
It appears a bold thing to say so when one sees how much many a modern author who knows how to make a skilful use of the Book of Chronicles has to tell about the tabernacle.