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10,115. Jerusalem – the heart of the religious Dark Ages ... Herod’s temple was made entirely from white marble. (Art & Dark Ages & Jerusalem) Waldemar Januszczak, The Dark Ages: An Age of Light III: The Wonder of Islam, BBC 2012
10,116. The Dome of the Rock – this whole building is taking on Christianity. (Art & Dark Ages & Jerusalem) ibid.
11,823. There was no mass Exodus from Egypt. There was no violent conquest of Canaan. Most of the people who formed early Israel were local people – the same people whom we see in the highlands throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. The early Israelites were – irony of ironies – themselves originally Canaanites!
The conquest of Canaan by Joshua could not have happened in the way described in the Bible. Most of the towns he is supposed to have conquered either weren’t inhabited, didn’t exist or were conquered at wildly different times.
Jerusalem, which was supposed to have become the capital of the great unified empire of King David (he of David and Goliath fame), appears to have been tiny and only sparsely inhabited in the relevant period. Many of the great monuments of ancient Israel attributed on the authority of the Old Testament to King Solomon were of a later date. (Bible & Old Testament & Israelites & Joshua & David & Jerusalem) Finkelstein and Silberman, The Bible Unearthed, History 2007
11,977. Of all the names in the Hebrew Bible none appears more than David. Scriptures say David creates a kingdom that stretches from Egypt to Mesopotamia. He makes Jerusalem his royal capital, and in a new covenant, God – known as Yahweh – promises that he and his descendants will rule for ever. (Bible & Old Testament & David & Jerusalem & God) Bible’s Buried Secrets 2/2
11,980. So has Eilat Mazar discovered the Palace of David? She adds up the evidence: the building is huge; it is located in a prominent place in the oldest part of Jerusalem; and the pottery according to Albright’s chronology dates to the 10th century B.C. – the time of David. Mazar believes she has indeed found the palace of David. But the strength of her case rests on the outcome of dating shards of pottery. (Bible & Old Testament & Israelites & Archaeology & Pottery & Jerusalem) ibid.
11,981. Three monumental gates all based on the same plan would seem to be powerful evidence not only of prosperity but also of a central authority ... This stunning convergence between the Bible and Egyptian history gives a firm date for the death of Solomon ... 930 B.C. This is further evidence that David and Solomon lived in the 10th century ... Although a minority of archaeologists continue to disagree, this convergence of the Bible, Egyptian chronology and Solomon’s Gates is powerful evidence that a great kingdom existed at the time of David and Solomon spanning all of Israel, north and south, with its capital in Jerusalem. (Bible & Old Testament & Israelites & Archaeology & Jerusalem & David & Solomon) ibid.
12,170. Scholars must discover what the Temple looked like and how it functioned. Although archaeologists know where its remains should be, it is impossible to dig there. (Solomon & Temple & Jerusalem) ibid.
12,218. The Ark of the Covenant: down through the ages it has inspired terror and obsession. This gold-encrusted chest held the Ten Commandments and gave Moses a direct hotline to God. With it the Israelites conquered the holy land and they built a new temple. Then in perhaps the greatest Biblical riddle ever the Ark of the Covenant simply vanished from scripture. (Ark of the Covenant & Moses & Ten Commandments & Old Testament & Bible & Jerusalem & Solomon & Temple) Riddles of the Bible s2e3: The Hunt for the Ark of the Covenant, National Geographic 2014
12,212. God’s blueprint for the Ark was exceedingly specific. It was to be a portable wooden chest, about four feet long by two feet wide by two feet high. Made of an extremely resilient wood called acacia. And plated inside and out with pure gold. At the corners of the Ark there would be four gold rings into which gold-plated poles could be inserted for carrying. Its lid – God’s footstool – would be pure gold, with golden-winged angels called cherubim at each end facing each other. The Ark served as Moses’s direct hotline to God. (Ark of the Covenant & Moses & Ten Commandments & Old Testament & Bible & Jerusalem & Solomon & Temple) ibid.
12,217. But by around 620 B.C. references to the most important artefact in the Jewish religion simply ceases ... But three decades after that, in 587 B.C. came another crisis ... The city and its temple were overrun and looted by Babylonians, led by the famous Nebuchadnezzar. (Ark of the Covenant & Moses & Ten Commandments & Old Testament & Bible & Jerusalem & Solomon & Temple & Babylon) ibid.
12,171. Hancock is among those who believe that the high priests in charge of the Ark somehow managed to save it before the city of Jerusalem was sacked along with the Temple of Solomon in 587 B.C. (Ark of the Covenant & Moses & Ten Commandments & Old Testament & Bible & Jerusalem & Solomon & Temple) ibid.
11,991. Once upon a time a small boy slew a giant and saved his people. The Bible says he went on to conquer Jerusalem and give the wandering Israelites a home. His son Solomon the Wise built them a Temple, put the Ark of the Covenant in it and filled their coffers with wealth. David and Solomon made Israel a nation. Were they historical figures or mere legends? After three thousand years can any trace of these Biblical giants survive? (Bible & Old Testament & Solomon & David & Ark of the Covenant & Israel & Jerusalem) Riddles of the Bible: Lost Kings of Israel
12,183. The famous King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem means Temple of the son-god Amun. According to the Talmut King Solomon used the dark power of his magic ring to conjure up demons to help him build his Temple. (Solomon & Temple & Jerusalem & Demon) Ring of Power, 2008
12,264. In 70 A.D. after a siege marked by starvation and terror of crucifixions the Roman army broke through the walls of Jerusalem. (Bible & Old Testament & Israelites & Roman Empire & Jerusalem) Empires Special: Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The Gifts of the Jews, PBS 2003
12,269. The Romans changed the name of the region from Judea to Palestine. Then they banned all Jews from Jerusalem. (Bible & Old Testament & Israelites & Roman Empire & Judea & Jerusalem & Palestine) ibid.
12,863. If God’s kingdom was coming to Earth, it would come first to Jerusalem. (Christianity & Jerusalem) Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution I, PBS 2003
26,259. Capturing Turkish-held Jerusalem was a key British objective in 1917. (World War I & Jerusalem) The First World War: Revolution, Channel 4 2003
56,533. In March 1917 the British captured Baghdad. In December they entered Jerusalem. The loss of both cities was a severe blow to Ottoman authority in the Middle East. (Jerusalem & Ottoman) The First World War: Germany’s Last Gamble
58,401. Jerusalem fell under direct rule of the Roman empire: the Jews never accepted the Roman occupation. (Paul & Jerusalem & Christianity) David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul I, BBC 2012
58,402. They would lay waste to the city … they massacred everyone they found. (Paul & Jerusalem & Christianity) ibid.
58,406. Paul had set now himself on a collision course with the leadership of the Jesus Movement in Jerusalem. (Paul & Jerusalem & Christianity) ibid.
53,559. The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of the theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions – even parading without a permit! (Jerusalem & Donkey) David Kirk
53,866. The Biblical portrayal of the Jerusalem Temple is almost identical to the remains of this ancient temple in Syria – Ain Dara. (God & Bible & Old Testament & Adam & Eve & Solomon’s Temple & Jerusalem & Temple) Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Bible’s Buried Secrets 3/3: The Real Garden of Eden, BBC 2011
53,867. The Garden of Eden was found inside the Temple. (God & Bible & Old Testament & Adam & Eve & Garden of Eden & Solomon’s Temple & Jerusalem & Temple) ibid.
56,404. Did the High Priests here at the Temple in Jerusalem hide their most sacred items before their city was ransacked by the Romans? (Solomon & Temple & Jerusalem) Jamie Theakson, Forbidden History: The Treasure of Solomon, Yesterday 2014
56,405. The Temple of Solomon contained some of the greatest treasure of the ancient world. (Solomon & Temple & Jerusalem) ibid.
56,465. A stone larger than any used in the Great Pyramids is discovered under the holy temple complex. (Jerusalem & Temple & Bible) Mysteries of the Bible s1e10: Jerusalem: Holy Deadly City, National Geographic 1994
56,466. Little is known of Jerusalem’s earliest history. (Jerusalem & Temple & Bible) ibid.
56,467. The temple would stand for nearly four hundred years ... No remnants of Jerusalem’s holy temple itself have been discovered. (Jerusalem & Temple & Jerusalem) ibid.
56,468. In 1838 an American explorer Dr Edward Robinson discovered an ancient tunnel beneath Jerusalem’s streets. ibid.
56,469. In 1996 Israeli opening of Jerusalem’s Siloam Tunnel to tourists sparked a Palestinian uprising that resulted in over seventy deaths. Palestinians claimed the tunnel’s opening was a desecration of nearby Islamic holy sites. ibid.
56,439. 3,000 years ago a vast complex stood here: it was a Hebrew Temple said to be the resting place of God. (Temple & Solomon & Jerusalem & Bible & Old Testament) Mysteries of the Bible s3e6: Life and Death in the Holy Temples
56,440. Temple mount: three great religions took root here. (Temple & Solomon & Jerusalem & Bible & Old Testament) ibid.