The flight of stairs leading to the main entrances of the Temple Mount was 200 feet wide. Excavators uncovered the easternmost part of this staircase with its alternating long and short steps.Suggesting the fifteen long steps may have been one of the locations where pilgrims sang the fifteen Psalms of Ascent (120-34) as they went up to worship. How marvelous.
Steps leading to the original entrance to the temple mount and to the Second Temple. It is certain that Jesus climbed these steps when He visited the Temple in Jerusalem. Pilgrims come from all over the world to see the Southern Temple Mount.
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
These are wonderful words on the steps to the Temple. Well worth listening to. From Picturejohn on You Tube. Discover the Book Ministries. www.dtbm.org A blessing.
Model of the Southern Side of the Second Temple
The Royal Stoa (Hebrew : הסטיו המלכותי) might have been built on top of part of Solomon's Porch. The Royal Stoa is known as Royal Colonnade, Royal Portico, Royal Cloisters, Royal Basilica or Stoa Basileia was an ancient public building. The Second Temple was in constant construction and reconstruction after the return from exile in Babylon. This was constructed by Herod the Great, 1st century BC, took 8 years. 10,000 workers were employed and 1,000 carts. The three-aisle structure described by Josephus. (Jewish Antiquities, Book 15, Chapter 11, 410, "deserving to be mentioned better than any other under the sun.") The Royal Stoa was the likely location of Jesus Cleansing of the Temple.
The Royal Stoa was 180 meters long, the entire length opens onto the Temple Mount court. Its roof rested on four rows of columns, forty to each row. The stone elements were carved featuring stylized flowers, leaves and geometric motifs. A few carved stones, uncovered south of the south wall of the Temple Mount, provide evidence of the magnificence of the building.
The Royal Stoa was used for the purchase and sale of animals for sacrifices, and the exchange of coins for Tyrian half-sheckels which were regularly paid by pilgrims as tax for the Temple upkeep (Exodus 30:11-16). Jesus overturned the moneychangers’ tables (Matthew 21:12). Jesus was known to teach in Solomon's Porch.
On the ninth and tenth days of the month of Av in the year 70 AD (about the time Jesus would have died of old age. It is probable His generation was blessed and protected by his life and forgiveness from the cross), after a four-months-siege, the Roman army broke through to the Temple Mount and set the Temple afire. Destroying the Temple even to the foundation stone. This was discussed by the apostles with the all of the Sanhedrin Council when Jesus was proclaimed to them as the Cornerstone.
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