Today we visited the Temple Mount, presently the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque. This site is thought to be the place where Abraham made preparations to offer Isaac.
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2 ESV)
The temple of the LORD was constructed by Solomon on Mount Moriah.
Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (2 Chronicles 3:1 ESV)
The Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s temple in 586 B.C. After the Jews returned from Babylonian Exile, the temple was rebuilt. In the days of Herod the Great the temple was virtually reconstructed beginning in about 20 B.C. (John 2:20). The temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.
The photo today shows the Western Wall which served as the retaining wall built by Herod the Great around the Temple Mount. On the temple platform you will see the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque. The Mount of Olives is in the distance to the east of Jerusalem.
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We visited several other sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Shrine of the Book and the Second Temple Model at the Israel Museum.