New drawings of the Development of the Temple Mount.

Our Image Library contains reconstruction drawings of Jerusalem in the various periods. I made different versions of them for the ESV Study Bible and for the Chronological Life Application Study Bible.

However, when compiling our latest book, a Guide Book to the Temple Mount (forthcoming), a new set of drawings was necessary, the focus this time being on how Mount Moriah developed over time.  The series begins with a drawing of the topography of Mount Moriah:

We can no longer see what Mount Moriah originally looked like. All that is visible today is its summit inside the Dome of the Rock. However, Charles Warren, the British engineer who explored Jerusalem in the 1860s produced a rock contour map, which has not been surpassed in accuracy to this day. Using this rock map and taking the general configuration of the Jerusalem mountains, with the layered rock sloping from north to south, into consideration, our illustration shows what Mount Moriah would have looked like before the subsequent temples were built. It was near the top of this mountain that Abraham built an altar to sacrifice his son Isaac. © Ritmeyer Archaeological Design

In the succeeding days, we will feature the following drawings of Mount Moriah in the historical periods from the Jebusites till the Early Muslim period.

4 thoughts on “New drawings of the Development of the Temple Mount.”

  1. Excellent!!! Could you include the Jebus city of Salem, Gihon, 500 cubit walls & platform? I also like the proposed tombs of the kings at the South end of Ophal. Gihon – gusher, the largest spring around and intermittent, must have been a special site to all the earlier peoples. With the cave in the rock of Moriah, at the crossroads of two of the earliest roads, this was marked at a very special location.

  2. I recently read that the Dome of the Rock was not a Muslim Shrine, that it does not face Mecca, etc. Do you have an opinion on this?

  3. John,
    The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim shrine, but not a mosque, and therefore doesn’t have to face Mecca. The al-Aqsa is a mosque. The architecture of the Dome of the Rock is derived from centrally designed Byzantine commemorative churches where the worshipers went round the centre during processions. They were not used for preaching.

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