This post presents two diagrams depicting the size and layout of the Temple Mount during the First and Second Temple Periods. Both images compare the size of Solomon’s 500 cubit square platform with the extension to the south added by the Hasmoneans in 165 BCE and the extensions to the south, west and north by Herod in 19 CE, doubling the original size of the Temple Mount. The second image shows how the peak of the bedrock of Mount Moriah was left exposed, serving as the focal point of both Temples, located in the Holy of Holies. To see more detailed information and diagrams, visit the Generation Word Christian Bible teaching ministry website.
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