Building a Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B’av

Here is some really exciting news for those who are watching Temple Mount events. Arutz Sheva, a daily news report from Israel, reports that the Temple Institute plans to build an altar on Tisha b’Av – the 9th day of the Jewish month called Av. That is tomorrow, at 5.30 pm on Thursday 30th of July.
The stones for the Altar were gathered from below the water line of the Dead Sea, wrapped in plastic and transported to Mitzpe Yericho, located some 15 miles east of Jerusalem, as can be seen in this report. According to Yehudah Glick, the Temple Institute director, the altar will be kept small, so that eventually it could be transported to the Temple Mount. According to him this is the “ideal time to begin to build the Temple.” It will be interesting to see when that happens.

The historical location of the altar on the Temple Mount was just to the east of the Dome of the Rock. We reported on this location in a previous post, when we published a section through the Dome of the Rock and the Temple of Herod the Great. Today we publish a plan of the location of the Altar in relation to the Dome of the Rock, which is one of the slides in our latest CD, In Search of Solomon’s Temple:
Temple Plan Coltn
Not everybody finds it easy to understand plans, so here is a view of the Dome of the Rock from the east, looking west, with the historical location of the altar indicated:
Altar
We can hardly imagine the day that again an altar will be built on the Temple Mount!

12 thoughts on “Building a Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B’av”

  1. I have seen a photograph (in templemountfaithful.org website) of the top of a purported gate directly east of the Dome of the Rock, protruding out of the ground. This ‘gate’ has since been covered over. You make no mention of any gate known at this location. What do you know about this? The photo is too far away to be sure this is a gate.

  2. 1 Kings 7.39 makes it very clear that the ten small lavers, which stood on their bases, were put in two groups of five on either side (right and left) of the Temple. The Sea stood to the east and south of the Temple.

  3. All this talk about rebuilding the Temple, coupled with the remarkable archaeolgical discoveries, leaves me wondering how this wonderful work will happen when the Muslims refuse to cooperate and won’t even acknowledge the proven history that the Temple Mount was the site of both Temples. Moshe Dayan did a huge disfavor to modern Israelis and their gentile supporters when he surrendered control of the Mount to the Muslims following
    the Six Day War. I have read reports that some researchers believe the Temples were located at the opposite end of the Mount away from the Muslim intrusive buildings, so that rebuilding could happen without removal of the Muslim buildings. But other researchers claim the opposite. Please, someone, give me reason to hope the Third Temple can and will be built in this generation!

  4. this building sure looks impressive, I am currently studying as a building surveyor and as far as i know we dont have anything half as impressive as this.
    regards Adam

  5. I actually once went through reports that some researchers believe the Temples were located at the opposite end of the Mount away from the Muslim intrusive buildings, so that rebuilding could happen without removal of the Muslim buildings. But other researchers claim the opposite

  6. Después de casi 2000 años sin sacrificios de cordero en Jerusalem. Sin altar y sin la presencia de sacerdotes levitas. Nuevamente éste 16 de Marzo de 2010 los habrá.

    http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=20063

    http://lasteologias.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/comienzan-los-sacrificios-de-corderos-en-jerusalem/

    La junta rabínica del Sanedrín declara que a partir de ésta fecha comienza la era de la reconstrucción del tercer templo de Salomón.

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