Matt Giwer wrote:
> Where was the Temple of Herod?
Plenty of people say this, Nazi boy, including
numerous bible thumpers amongst them.
I'm afraid this no more helps your anti-semitic
crusade than any of your other rants.
One intersting point on this topic, for the folks
who aren't holocaust denying Nazi shit stains:
In some ways, virtually everybody claims that
[blah, blah] is located on the site of the the
ancient Jewish temple.
The key here is the Roman temple to Jupiter.
The current Dome of the Rock is located on
the site... as is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The church itself doesn't dispute this, but it does
mention a competing claim (for a different temple)
Now a competing religion:
| The Romans defeated the rebels and expelled the
| Jews from Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
| Adrianos changed the city's name to Aelia
| Capitolina and built a temple to Jupiter on the
| Temple Mount.
Anyhow, you get the point. Various factions claim
this church or that dome was built on the site of
the Roman temple to Jupiter, and all have some
ancient (though not quite ancient enough) documentation
to this claim.
So, simply by using the temple of Jupiter claims,
that the Romans built it on the site of the Jewish
temple, we can use the competing locations for
the Roman temple to absolutely/positively locate
the Jewish temple in at least two different locations.
I believe, if memory serves, there should be a third...
a Christian church later converted into a mosque
by Islamic invaders.
>From a purely religious perspective, it's all really
Herod's temple certainly never occupied the same
footprint of whatever temple it replaced. Maybe it
enclosed the space occupied by an earlier temple,
maybe it didn't.
Religious tradition also has it that the first temple
(Solomon's temple) had been destroyed/altered
and/or enlarged a number of times before Herod.
And, yeah, from reading the claims of one
bible thumper who studied the subject, the changes
were such that they would have required some
sort of re-orientation of the holy-of-holies within the
without question, if the deep foundations, huge stones
and large area attributed to Herod's temple are
anywhere near accurate, it would have required a
MAJOR disruption of the ground and any earlier
structure located on it.
The point is, it was never about a temple. Well, it
was never about a structure, or even the ground
it rested on. Both of those had to have changed
numerous times throughout the years.