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Jerusalem Where the Temple of Solomon and the Center of the Jewish Religion Were Erected

By Jaime Sevilla, MAPM, M.Th

Today our report takes us to the esplanade where Solomon’s Temple was located in the old city of Jerusalem.

Upon arrival, we found the famous Wailing Wall, where the Jews came to lament the dispossession they had suffered, since on that wall is the second most important mosque of the Muslim religion. The purpose of coming to pray at the wall of lamentations is to ask Yahweh to have mercy on them and return to them that sacred place on which the Temple of Jerusalem was erected by King Solomon. Let us see a little of its history.

The Temple of Jerusalem (Hebrew: בית המקדש, Beit Hamikdash) or the Temple of Solomon, was the main sanctuary of the people of Israel and contained within it the Ark of the Covenant, the candelabrum of the seven arms and other utensils used to carry Hebraic worship in times of the Ancient Age.

It was located on the esplanade of Mount Moriah, in the city of Jerusalem, where the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are currently located.

The first Temple was built by King Solomon to replace the Tabernacle as the only center of worship for the Jewish people. It was sacked by Pharaoh Sisac (Sheshonq I) in 925 BC. and destroyed by the Babylonians during the third siege of Nebuchadnezzar II to Jerusalem in 587 BC.

The second Temple, much more modest, was completed by Zerubbabel in 515 a. C. (during the reign of Persian Darius I) and then consecrated. After the pagan incursions of the Seleucids, it was re-consecrated by Judas Maccabee in 165 a. C. Rebuilt and enlarged by Herod, the Temple was in turn destroyed by Roman troops under Titus in 70, at the Siege of Jerusalem, during the first Jewish war. Its main vestige is the Western Wall, also known as Kotel or Western Wall.

The Hebrew eschatology states that the third Temple of Jerusalem will be rebuilt with the advent of the messiah of Judaism.

Currently, the three great monotheistic religions coexist on the esplanade: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We invite each of our readers to give themselves the opportunity to read a little more and visit whenever you can. My experience was wonderful, something unique and unforgettable, you come away completely rejuvenated.

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