-Temple Mount and Ophel
-With cistern explainations
|5 location Theories
-Map and info
-Map of City Walls
-On the highest hill
-What was Triple Gate?
-Not Huldah Gate
-Who built it?
-Ruins reveal the location
-illustration 70 AD
-According to ruins
-According to Josephus
- from David to Herod
-A little history
(updated March 3, 2013)
by Norma Robertson
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The Temple compound was made up of a square, in a square, in a square. The first square was the Holy of Holies. The second was the sacred area that the gentiles were not allowed to enter, and the last square was the outer courts/court of the gentiles.
the size of those outer courts. BUT IT REMAINED A SQUARE!
The increased size of the compound after Herod's rebuilding was approximately 600 X 600 feet.
I saw this aerial photo of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Nov. 9, 2000
I could see that square clearly in the ruins. I was not surprised
to learn that the area that I believed contained the Temple compound, or
complex, was exactly 600 feet by 600 feet!
Look for the Ophel Ruins at the bottom of this photo
This is a photo of the East
side of the Ophel ruins.
Warren's map pasted over this photo.
This map shows the cisterns and structures underground on the temple mount. It showed the ruins of old gates under the Mount. I combined it with the picture of the Ophel ruins, with its exposed gate. Together this map and photo confirmed what I had seen! Four gates, of North, West, East, and South formed a 600 foot square area. The same size of the Temple described by Josephus Flavius an early historian who visited the Temple of Herod before it was destroyed in 70 AD.
The evidence of these gates and the other evidence found in these maps, led me to create a diagram of the temple.
This places the location of the first and second Temples under the Al Aksa mosque! Not under the Dome of the Rock.
Diagram of Solomon's in green and Herod's extended Temple complex in blue laid over the photo.