1 Kings 8: Different perspectives on God’s presence 1 Kings 8 is one of the most important chapters in Deuteronomic History. It originated over a long period of time and different authors/redactors were involved in the composition of this chapter. The text of 1 Kings 8 depicts several theological themes and this article focuses on the understanding of divine presence. Different perspectives on God’s presence are portrayed: The ark, temple and cloud as symbols of divine presence; God dwells in heaven; God’s Name is in the temple; God is omnipresent. The greater part of 1 Kings 8 comprises the temple dedication prayer of Solomon (1 Kings 8:22-53). Prayer is the act of worship by which the temple on earth (or the worshipper in the temple) and heaven meet each other.