Eilat Mazar's Amazing Discovery of the
Solomonic Wall and the Royal Complex of Solomon's Palace
The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to
King Solomon, by Sir Edward John Poynter (House of
the Forest of Lebanon)
Solomon’s royal and military complex
was located to the immediate south of the Temple. It included the palace, the throne room, which had a
porch of pillars, then a porch for the throne room in which the king
sat in judgment. Behind this were quarters for the king, and a
large courtyard .
Also included was the house for the queen.
Josephus says The Palace stood over against (or opposite) the temple. They were so close together that a shout
in the Temple court could be heard by the Queen in the Palace. (2kings
11:12,13) We also know from
scripture that the Palace was built on the Ophel, outside, and up hill, from the City of David, and down hill from the Temple.
The Temple took 7 years to
build, whereas the Palace and the house of the Queen
took 13 years to build.
kings 7:1 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he
finished all his house. 7:2 He built also the house of the forest of
Lebanon; the length thereof was an
hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the
height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with
cedar beams upon the pillars.
7:8 And his house where he dwelt had
another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh's
daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch.
are told that Solomon had a 1000 wives, and even if that is an
exaggeration, we know that he had many, many, wives that also had to be
housed within the royal complex, along with all of their children.
What we learn from this information is that the Royal
complex extended up to the south wall of Solomon's Temple on Ophel
hill. It is said that the Herodians, when building the southern
lower courts of the Temple, built over the top of the ruins of
Solomon's Palace complex. It would have gone into ruin many
centuries earlier and so he had no regard for it.
All of this information fits well with
my location for Solomon's Temple.
The Green line represents Solomon's
The Blue line represents
the Herodian Temple complex. (called the southern lower court by
Josephus because it was built on the lower part of the hill. This
included Herod's Royal Stoa)
The Red line is
the recent dig of Eilat Mazar revealing a small portion of the Solomon
complex. The light red represents a general Solomonic
Eilat Mazar has only uncovered a small portion of the Solomonic
Complex. An inner gatehouse for access into the royal quarter of the
city, a royal structure adjacent to the gatehouse, and a corner tower
that overlooks a substantial section of the adjacent Kidron Valley and
a large section of Solomon's city wall.
“The city wall that has been uncovered
testifies to a ruling presence. Its strength and form of construction
indicate a high level of engineering,” Mazar said. The city wall is at
the eastern end of the Ophel area in a high, strategic, location atop
the western slope of the Kidron Valley.
Mazar hopes to continue the dig to the east and reveal the tower on the
location for Solomon's southern temple court is the only one that would
make the proper connections with what Eilat Mazar has discovered.
The other Temple Mount theories, such as Tuvia Sagiv's location
over the Al Kas Fountain, is too far north of this, and of course the
Dome of the Rock location by Ritmeyer and the Dome of the Tablets
location by Dr. Kaufman is out of the question. The City of David
location for the Temple by Dr. Martin/Bob Cornuke would have us believe
that Solomon built his palace in the City of David, south of their
Temple location. This goes against all the Biblical sources that tell
us that Solomon built his house outside the City of David. For
this reason, in my opinion, it would be very difficult for the other
theorist to acknowledge this find for what it is.
The bulla, a stamp seal impression, was one of dozens found in recent
years in a royal building in the Ophel, excavation leader Dr. Eilat
Mazar said at a press conference held at the Mount Scopus campus, and
bears the name “Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah,” an 8th century
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