There's been quite a bit of excavation done on Mt Moriah over the past
decade. There are scholars who are convinced they know where the Holy of
Holies for Herod's temple was by excavations going under the mount.

Most scholars reading the temple scroll today believe that the Essenes
(or whoever group it was) believed the entire city of Jerusalem was a
part of the temple, just as the tribes of Israel were a literal part of
the tabernacle they surrounded. For this reason, the Essenes thought it
sacrilege to bury anyone within the walls of the Old City.
K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
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"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Marc:
FWIW, a lot of people assume Mt. Zion is the temple mount, but it's not,
it's to
the west and isn't quite as prominent as Mt. Moriah. I made special note
to look
to see what's there now, at the summit. It's basically a parking lot for
a Greek
Orthodox seminary and monastery which is built on the western slopes of
the
"mountain" (as a geographical feature it's hardly impressive -- you have
to have
someone point it out to you, or study maps very carefully). Also, the
Western
Wall, or "wailing wall" is *not* the original Herodian temple. That was
completely destroyed, so that one stone did not stand upon another, as a
reader
of the NT will remember. The wall is actually part of a structure built
by the
Turks, believe it or not. There's still controversy over where exactly on
Mt.
Moriah the original temples (whichever of the 3 versions you're looking
at,
Solomon's, Nehemiah's or Herod's) you look at. And the temple scroll of
the DSS
describes a temple which would cover more than the existing area of all
of Old
Jerusalem (that part currently enclosed by the Turkish walls, from the
Jaffa Gate
to the Damascus Gate and cutting across David's city and part of Mt.
Zion).
 

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