Historical data proves Jewish Temples were south of Temple Mount - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 16.10.07 | 08:47 (IST)

    There is no need for rivalry and contention over the Temple Mount, whose historical and archeological value must be respected and developed, but which was NOT the location of the Jewish temples: Slipshod scholarship has mislocated the 1st and 2nd Temples, whose true location was to the South of today's traditional Temple Mount (TM): (1) 6th century Roman Historian Procopius stated that Western "Wailing Wall" was not Herodian, but built by Justinian to broaden the foundation for his massive Hagia Sophia, soon destroyed by the Persians, and rebuilt to 1/2 scale by the first Caliph of Jerusalem as a mosque to entice Jerusalem`s Christians. (2) Agrippa`s testimony of a clear view of the Temple from the Hashmonean Palace locates a spot just to the South of the TM, which would have been too high to have permitted such a view. (3) Historical documentation from the first 6 centuries demonstrates that the Temple location was well known, and conforms to the location in (2), near the Gihon Spring temple water source. The rubble excavated from the basements of the Waqf on the TM proves the TM was built well after the 2nd century CE. http://www.biblemysteries.com/lectures/builtwailingwall.htmhttp://www.templemount.org/sagiv2/index.htmlhttp://www.templemount.org/sagiv2/drawing20.jpg The following link presents a wealth of historical studies demonstrating that the Temple Mount location was well known up to the 7th century, and conforms to Herod Agrippa`s sighting of it, south of the current "Temple Mount", reared by Emperor Justinian as a platform for his Hagia Sophia in Jerusalem. However, this site neglects the other evidence in my post, which completes the true historical picture.http://www.askelm.com/temple/t991001.htm

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    First published 00:00 16.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.10.07
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