A modern interpretation of King Solomon’s Temple.

The First Temple: Crowning Achievement of King Solomon and Home of the Legendary Ark of the Covenant

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The Queen of Sheba before the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem

The Queen of Sheba before the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem ( Public Domain )

Destruction of the Temple

In 587 BC, Jerusalem was besieged by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar. The victorious Babylonians then proceeded to raze the temple to the ground. For centuries, people have tried to find evidence of the existence of this ancient temple, but to no avail. One of the factors making it difficult for archaeological excavations to be carried out there is the presence of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the site. Nevertheless, it was announced recently that archaeological work, which had been done with the permission of the Islamic organization that administers the mosque, has yielded artifacts from the time of King Solomon’s Temple, thus providing further evidence supporting its existence.

Top image: A modern interpretation of King Solomon’s Temple. ( CC BY 4.0 )

By Wu Mingren


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