Temple at Jerusalem

Temple at Jerusalem

qeiyafa-doorway

Jun 21

The Doorways of Solomon’s Temple

By: Megan Sauter

In the Bible, the inner shrine of Solomon’s Temple is described as having five mezuzot. What are they? The question has puzzled Biblical scholars for centuries. Does a recently discovered shrine model from Khirbet Qeiyafa hold the answer?

Ain Dara temple

Jun 19

Searching for the Temple of King Solomon

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The black basalt ruins of the Iron Age temple discovered at ’Ain Dara in northern Syria offer the closest known parallel to the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible.

Feb 1

The Temple Mount in the Herodian Period (37 BC–70 A.D.)

By: Leen Ritmeyer

Archaeological architect Leen Ritmeyer presents drawings of the Temple Mount in the Herodian period.

Menorah Stone

Dec 5

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like? Learn more in this post and view a number of important menorah depictions from antiquity.

Nov 28

The Riches of the Second Temple

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old silver coin in Jerusalem’s City of David Archaeological Park. Archaeologists believe the coin, […]

arch-of-titus-detail

Nov 27

Where Did the Temple Menorah Go?

By: Marek Dospěl

There is little doubt that the Temple Menorah was taken to Rome after the destruction of Jerusalem. However, Rome was sacked, and the Temple Menorah was looted. After disaster befell the cities that housed it as a spoil of war, was it returned to Jerusalem?

herods-temple-avi-yonah

Nov 26

What Did Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem Look Like?

By: Jennifer Drummond

Fifty years ago, leading Israeli scholar Michael Avi-Yonah constructed a now-iconic model of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem. How accurate is it?

The Stones of Herod’s Temple Reveal Temple Mount History

Nov 16

The Stones of Herod’s Temple Reveal Temple Mount History

By: Biblical Archaeology Society Staff

Building and furnishing the Herodian Temple involved more than stone quarrying and laying, but the stones and foundations of Herod’s Temple can give us clues to Temple Mount history.

Tel Moza temple aerial view

Sep 14

A Rival to Solomon’s Temple

By: Marek Dospěl

A Tel Moza temple, within sight of Jerusalem, was a rival to the First Temple in Jerusalem. Solomon's Temple had previously been thought to be unrivaled in ancient Judah.

Wall of Biblical Jerusalem

Jul 29

Missing Wall of Biblical Jerusalem Discovered

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Eastern section of Jerusalem’s Iron Age wall has been discovered.. It was uncovered in the City of David Archaeological Park, a short distance from the Temple Mount.