13 Jan 2016

The Real Site of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem

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In New Testament times the Haram esh-Sharif (Temple Mount) was the site of a Roman fort and a military camp called Fort Antonia. Ancient witnesses reveal that the Haram was indeed the Roman fort, and it was a large enclosed military camp — some 36 acres in area. It was a miniature Roman city with its own administration, living quarters and temple structures to accommodate some 6,000 soldiers of the 10th Legion. The Jewish Temple itself was built above the Gihon Spring in the City of David so that the water could be drawn up for purification purposes. The Temple was to the north of David’s city on a mound called Ophel. David’s city itself was called the Citadel (Akra) — a mound to the south, also called Mt. Zion.

 

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