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The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem



A resource was needed to bring together all that is now known about the development of the manmade plateau that is the focus of the world’s interest—the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Ritmeyer’s experience as architect of the Temple Mount Excavations, coupled with his exploration of parts of the Mount and his doctoral research make him singularly qualified for the task.

Comprehensive in scope, the book begins with the Temple Mount at its zenith, under King Herod the Great. Weaving together archaeological data with historical sources Ritmeyer produces an authoritative and exhaustive reconstruction in word and picture. With the features of the Herodian Temple Mount clearly understood, the reader is led to the quest for the earlier, square Temple Mount, described by Josephus and the Mishnah. Theories are fairly examined and evaluated as the search progresses. Clues discovered by the author provide compelling evidence that all previous proposals be reexamined. This rich accumulation of archaeological and literary evidence suggests a solution for Jerusalem’s enduring enigma—i.e., the actual location of the Temple from the time of Solomon onward. One amazing discovery was the original emplacement of the Ark of the Covenant on the rocky floor of what can be identified as the Holy of Holies. This work distills three millennia of history and thirty years of intensive research into the definitive book on the Temple Mount.

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  • Provides a vivid view of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem through the ages
  • Includes maps, plans, drawings and photographs
  • Contains superb reconstructions of Temple Mount architecture
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Herodian Temple Mount Walls
  • The Pre-Herodian Square Temple Mount
  • The Hasmonean Temple Mount
  • The Underground Cisterns of the Temple Mount
  • Understanding Herod’s Extension of the Temple Mount
  • The Location of the Temple
  • Reconstructing the First Temple
  • Reconstructing the Second Temple
  • Reconstructing the Herodian Temple Mount
  • Reconstructing Herod’s Temple
  • Title: The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • Author: Leen Ritmeyer
  • Publishers: Carta Jerusalem, The Lamb Foundation
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem); Temple Mount (Jerusalem); Jerusalem › Antiquities
  • ISBN: 9789652206282
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-23T21:05:49Z

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Leen Ritmeyer, originally from Holland, is an archaeological architect, lecturer and teacher. He has been involved in all of Jerusalem’s major excavations, producing site plans and reconstruction drawings for all of them. In Jerusalem, he directed prestigious restoration projects such as the Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian Villas and taught Biblical Archaeology at the Universities of Leeds and Cardiff in the U.K. In 2006, his major work, The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, was published after thirty years of intensive research.


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