Jerusalem's Temple Mount: from Solomon to the golden Dome

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Continuum, Oct 14, 2007 - Architecture - 206 pages
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According to the Hebrew Bible, King Solomon built a Temple to the Lord in Jerusalem on a threshing floor that his father, King David, purchased from Araunah the Jebusite for 50 shekels of silver. "No other building of the ancient world," claims the Anchor Bible Dictionary, "either while it stood in Jerusalem or in the millennia since its final destruction has been the focus of so much attention throughout the ages."
This stunning book, with its 160 illustrations, is a history of the Temple or Temples in Jerusalem from Solomon's time to the present. The book reads like an archaeological excavation, digging deeper and deeper at one site. Starting with a discussion of the Palestinian denial of a Jewish Temple, the book proceeds to explore the Islamic Dome of the Rock, the little-known Roman Temple of Jupiter, Herod's massive Temple Mount, the Temple built by the exiles returning from Babylon, and finally Solomon's Temple. With a lively and informative text to accompany the pictures, Jerusalem's Temple Mount is replete with archaeology, history, legends (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim), inscriptions, biblical interpretations, and forgeries.

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I highly recommend this book. It provides the reader with a detailed history of one of the most fought over pieces of real estate in the world! Read full review


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Hershel Shanks is editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review and Archaeology Odyssey. He was a leading figure in making the complete Dead Sea Scrolls available to the world. He is the author of six previous books and the editor of numerous others. New York Times book critic Richard Bernstein has called him "the word's most influential amateur Biblical Archaeologist.