The Temple Mount

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The Temple Mount

Temple Mount (Har Habayait in Hebrew, Al Haram Al Sharif in Arab. and the Noble Sanctuary) is the most remarkable symbol of Jerusalem. Both Jewish and Islamic tradition relate this area to Mount Moriah where Abraham almost sacrificed his son, Issac (Genesis 22:1-18; the Koran, Sura Al-Saffat 37:102-110).

For Jews, Temple Mount is holiest place in the world, where God chose for his Divine Presence to rest. According to Judaism, from here God created Adam, the first man and this is where the First and Second Temples were built. According to the Jewish tradition, King David, had bought a Jebusite threshing floor on the hilltop where Abraham had prepared to sacrifice Isaac. He dreamed of building a permanent temple but it was only his son, King Solomon who made his wish come true and built the First Temple in 950 BC. After 410 years, the First Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians in 586 BC. The Reconstruction of the Temple began after the exile to Babylonia. King Herod refashioned it into an edifice of great splendor which gave the compound its current structure.

For Muslims, it is the third holiest place after Mecca and Medina, where Prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven during his miraculous night journey to Jerusalem. Since the seventh century it consists of two main Muslim structures: the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Both Jewish and Muslim faiths regard the location of the rock inside the Dome (known in Judaism as ‘’The Foundation Stone’’) as the place from which the entire world initiated. Temple Mount folds 3,000 years of intensive history including conquest, destruction, and rebuilding making it an extraordinary, fascinating place.

Glorified with holiness to both Jews and Muslims, Temple Mount continues to be an extremely politically sensitive site. Even today, the hidden secrets regarding Temple Mount go beyond our current knowledge and there is still much to unravel.

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