The architectural origins of Herod's Temple Mount

Dan Bahat

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Herod's Temple complex in Jerusalem differed from his other building projects in one important respect. Whereas he and his architects were given a clean slate for his other monumental schemes, in the case of the Temple they were constrained by the pre-existing arrangement of the Temple Mount. There were also Biblical prescriptions governing the location, design and dimensions of the Temple Sanctuary which had to be obeyed. In order to reconstruct the layout of Herod's Temple complex, and ascertain the areas where his architects could apply Graeco-Roman architectural norms, it is therefore essential to establish the scheme of the pre-existing Temple Mount, and this paper attempts to supply the answer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHerod and Augustus - Papers Presented at the IJS Conference, 21st-23rd June 2005
EditorsDavid M. Jacobson, Nikos Kokkinos
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789004165465
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameIJS Studies in Judaica
ISSN (Print)1570-1581


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