New Evidence for the Real Site of the Temple in Jerusalem (Abridged) -- By: Ernest L. Martin

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 14:4 (Fall 2001)
Article: New Evidence for the Real Site of the Temple in Jerusalem (Abridged)
Author: Ernest L. Martin


New Evidence for the Real Site of the Temple in Jerusalem (Abridged)

Ernest L. Martin

The following essay is an edited version of Dr. Ernest L. Martin ‘s internet article in which summarizes the major arguments of his hook, The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot. Dr. Martin postulates that the original site of the Temple was located over the Gihon Spring, not the traditional locution where the “Dome of the Rock,” or Haram esh-Sharif, is currently situated. To read Dr. Martin ‘s complete Internet Edition, go to http://www.askelm.com/.—Ed.

Introductory Comments

A new and accurate evaluation is essential regarding the site of the former Temples in Jerusalem, Neither the Dome of the Rock near the center of the Haram esh-Sharif in Jerusalem, nor the Al Aqsa Mosque occupying the southern side of the Haram (nor ANY area within the four walls of that Haram) was the real spot in Jerusalem where the holy Temples of God were located. Biblical and literary accounts dogmatically place the site of all the Temples over the Gihon Spring just north of the ancient City of David (Zion) on the southeastern ridge of Jerusalem. All the present antagonists fighting in Jerusalem over the Temple site are warring over (and for) the wrong place. They need to turn their swords and guns into plowshares.

The Importance of the Gihon Spring

The Gihon Spring is the only spring within the city limits of Jerusalem. We have the eyewitness account of a person from Egypt named Aristeas who viewed the Temple in about 285 BC. He stated quite categorically that the Temple was located over an inexhaustible spring that welled up within the interior part of the Temple. About 400 years later the Roman historian Tacitus gave another reference that the Temple at Jerusalem had within its precincts a natural spring of water that issued from its interior. These two references are describing the Gihon Spring (the sole spring of water in Jerusalem). It was because of the strategic location of this single spring that the original Canaanite cities of “Migdol Edar” and “Jebus” were built over and around that water source before the time of King David. The Gihon Spring is located even today at the base of what was called the “Ophel” (a swelling of the earth in the form of a small mountain dome) once situated just to the north, and abutting. “Mount Zion” (the City of David). So close was the Ophel Mound to the City of David that David began to till in the area between the two summits with dirt and stones (calling it the Millo or “fill in”) to make a single high level area on which to build his city and later the Temple (2 Sm 5:9). David’s son Solomon completed the “fill in” between the two summits and called that earthe...

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