The Temple Mount versus The City of David has been a hot topic among biblical scholars including Michael Rood, Biblica Chronologist and Scholar. Read his message below and watch the video to learn more about Michael’s take on The Temple Mount versus The City of David.
The Temple Mount versus The City of David – A Den of Thieves:
October 6, the Feast of Tabernacles 2017, the Jerusalem Post published an article by Daniel K. Eisenbud that should be shouted from the rooftops, because the Temple Mount has once again been turned into a den of thieves. His article, “Temple Mount Denial Disproved One Bucket at a Time”.
In 1999, bulldozers illegally ascended the Temple Mount to surreptitiously remove thousands of tons of ancient earth to make way for a subterranean mosque. Countless artefacts, dating from the First Temple period were unceremoniously dumped in a garbage heap in the Kidron Valley. Five years later, two archaeologists, Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira procured a government license to have the debris removed and transferred to Emek Tzurim National Park on the western slope of Mount Scopus and, there, they established the headquarters for the Temple Mount Sifting Project.
Thousands of volunteers have come from around the globe to assist a staff of fifteen employees in sifting through more than four-hundred truckloads of archaeological treasures, one bucket at a time. With only seventy percent of the recovered earth sifted, more than five-hundred thousand artefacts have been painstakingly categorized and documented. One of the oldest, a three-thousand-year-old seal from the time of King David, predates the building of Solomon’s Temple. Hundreds of thousands of coins, stone vessels, jewellery, and flooring tile fragments have been removed from the Second Temple period and before. Nearly a quarter million volunteers from all facets of society, both Israeli and foreigners, have come to take part in sifting earth from the temple mount.
Dr. Barkay noted that roughly ten percent of the datable finds sifted so far were linked to the four hundred years of the Davidic Dynasty, the First Temple period. He said, “we have, from that time, even a seal impression with a name of one of the priestly families that were responsible for the administration of worship at Solomon’s Temple some twenty-six hundred years ago.”
The Temple Mount versus The City of David – The Second Temple Period:
From the Second Temple period, during the fourth century B.C.E, he said, “we have a lot of coins from the Persian period with Hebrew inscriptions with a name of the Provence of Judah, Yehud, and those tiny silver coins,” he said, “are the earliest discovered that were minted in Jerusalem.” One special find was a silver half shekel, paid by every Jewish male once a year as a temple tax. Barkay said that the project has identified more than eight hundred of the six thousand coins thus far recovered, and they were from the temple periods, including the Hasmonean, Maccabean, and Herodian dynasties and the first revolt against the Romans.
Barkay, professor emeritus from Bar-Ilan University, and recipient of the 1996 Jerusalem Prize for archaeological research contends that there is really no need to produce ancient Jewish evidence from the Temple Mount because it has been universally accepted by scholars and researchers for centuries. Just one year ago, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, approved a resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. According to Barkay, Temple Mount denial is a recent political phenomenon that began in the 1990’s during the period of the Oslo Accords. Quote “The Islamic loft itself, in the 1920’s and 30’s, issued booklets to visitors of the Temple Mount in which they said the existence of the temples is beyond any doubt. In Islamic literature, through the generations, there are a plethora of references to Solomon’s Temple and the temple of the Jews.”
He went on to elaborate, “The place was shown to visitors as the Temple Mount by Muslim guides for centuries. The whole change came when a very naïve Bill Clinton wanted to solve all the problems of the world, and someone whispered into his ear that the temple mount is the crux of the Middle East conflict. He wanted to solve the conflict by solving the problem of sovereignty on the Temple Mount. At that time, the Muslim historical narrative about Jerusalem radically changed. Newfound claims that Jerusalem was, in fact, the capital of the Palestinians, even though there was never mention of Arab sovereignty in any of their ancient texts. The whole thing is a political matter and misuse of ancient history for current political purposes” he said.
The Temple Mount versus The City of David – Replacement Theology:
Christian identity and replacement theology groups have gone a step further and recently proposed a scenario in which the Temple Mount was never the location of the temple, but was instead a multi-billion dollar platform built by Herod to serve as camp and parade ground for occupying Roman troops. The director of the Temple Treasures Institute, Rabbi David Sfartz, when asked about their spiritual leader’s book, The Temples Jerusalem Forgot, said, “I wouldn’t dignify that book with a comment.” And turned away, refusing to comment. Those who denied the authenticity of the Temple Mount, both Muslim and Christian, completely disregard the temple mount survey conducted by the man considered to be the father of Biblical archaeology, Conrad Schick.
The German architect, missionary to the Jews, and city engineer for Jerusalem were contracted by the Ottoman Turks to survey the temple mount one-hundred and fifty years ago. The expansive multi-million-gallon cisterns under the temple plaza, the conduits that brought water from the springs in Jerusalem and beyond in the massive stone arches that support and levelled the temple platform were all measured. They were documented and replicated in a 200 to 1 scale model. The replica was completed by Schick in 1872 for the Ottoman exhibit at the 1873 World’s Fair. Schick’s model was returned to Jerusalem in 2012 after it’s one-hundred and thirty-year exile in Europe.
Schick’s multi-layered model reveals the enormity of the building project. The bedrock of the mountain, the towering retaining walls, the massive structures undergirding the temple platform, and the cisterns that service the sacrifices and the one-hundred mikva’ot. The cost for such an edifice in today’s economy, well over two billion dollars, and that was just on a level surface upon which to build the temple. Yeshua, Jesus, predicted that not one stone of the temple would be left upon the other. Thankfully, the retaining wall remains, and the millions of tons of subterranean structure of the temple mount platform were documented by the Muslims long before the politically and religiously motivated deniers had the United Nations, or YouTube, as a mouthpiece.
Barkay believes that Holocaust denial has a direct parallel to Temple Mount denial, but the current wave of temple mount denial is even more serious because we do not have living witnesses to testify of its existence. Quote “UNESCO can vote on anything they wish, but this is to the shame of that institution. If it would be in their interest to declare that the Earth is flat, they would have a majority vote.”
The Temple Mount versus The City of David – No Place to Run or to Hide:
I say to those who attempt to turn the temple mount into their personal den of thieves, selling their books, videos, and false claims as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers, you will have no place to run and no place to hide when the brimstone hits the fan. To the uneducated, Biblically illiterate, itching-ear, sound bite generation seeking something new and controversial, you’re welcome to grab a bucket, pick up a shovel, and dig for the truth. There are another hundred truckloads of artefacts to sift through before you buy the rhetoric of the globalists or the DVD’s from those who swear falsely to make a fast buck.
Michael J. Rood