The Location of Solomon and Herod's Temple in Jerusalem and Its Possible Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy

Authors: Gordon Franz*,
Topics: Bible Geography, Political Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Solomon's Temple location, Herod the Great's Temple location, U.S. foreign policy, Temple mount
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The last eighteen years have seen a number of books, videos, and articles suggesting that the temples of King Solomon and Herod the Great were built over the City of David and not on the historical Temple Mount as most scholars believe. The advocates of the temples being over the City of David suggest that the Temple Mount was actually the location of the Antonio Fortress. In the last few years, these advocates have been gaining a following in the popular media and churches. The geography of the location of the temples needs to be carefully examined again to see if this view has any validity. This paper will examine the geographical, literary, and archaeological arguments used by the advocates of the temples over the City of David and demonstrate the weakness of their position and misunderstanding of the geography of Jerusalem, the ancient literary sources, and the archaeological remains. This paper will also demonstrate that the geography of the location of the temples based on the literary sources and archaeological remains clearly place the temples on the historic Temple Mount. A discussion of how this idea could have an effect on U.S. foreign policy will conclude the essay.

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