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Location of the Second Temple

John on February 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

An Israeli archaeologist believes he has determined the exact location of the second temple based on a large cistern which was excavated in the 19th century:

Patrich based his research, which is about to be published, on a study of a large underground cistern on the Temple Mount that was mapped by British engineer Sir Charles Wilson in 1866 on behalf of the Palestine Exploration Fund, along with passages from the Mishna.

The giant cistern, 4.5 meters wide and 54 meters long, lay near the southeastern corner of the upper platform of the Temple Mount. Examining the location and configuration of the cistern together with descriptions of the daily rite in the Temple and its surroundings found in the Mishna, Patrich said that this cistern is the only one found on the Temple Mount that can tie in with the ancient rabbinic text describing elements involved in the daily purification and sacrificial duties carried out by the priests on the altar in the Temple courtyard.

On this basis, he says, one can reconstruct the placement of a large basin that was used by the priests for their ritual washing, with the water being drawn by a waterwheel mechanism from the cistern.

After this purification, the priests ascended the nearby ramp to the sacrificial altar.

By thus locating the laver, the water wheel, the ramp and the altar, one can then finally map, again in coordination with the Mishna, the alignment of the Temple itself and its gates and chambers, he said.

These considerations led Patrich to place the Second Temple further to the east and south than earlier thought, and at a southeasterly angle relative to the eastern wall of the Temple Mount, and not perpendicular to it, as earlier assumed.

Of course any news about the temple brings out the dispensationalists. Here’s a sample of some of the comments being left:

Beware! Before Jesus comes back the false christ will be revealed first
Billy Glenn – USA
02/08/2007 08:18

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 says: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Final chapter for the second coming!
Bev McElroy – USA
02/08/2007 16:28

One of the final signs, that the second coming is near is with the building of the temple. Those who object ,know their days are numbered .Believers all know the final outcome . Let them make their threats: for they fear the true God .

Come, Lord Jesus!
Lynn – United States
02/08/2007 19:29

Oh Praise God!! Come Lord Jesus!

Oy Vey. I realize these people are sincere in their beliefs. It’s just sad that this ridiculous view has such a following.

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