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137,822. Luxor: a revolutionary, a rare female pharaoh named Hatshepsut who built the finest temple of them all … Ancient builders carved it directly into the towering rocky cliffs. They constructed it in three separate levels. (Egypt & Temple) Egypt’s Female Pharaohs, National Geographic 2021
430. Religion is the frozen thought of men out of which they build temples. (Religion & Think & Temple) Jiddu Krishnamurti, cited Observer 22nd April 1928
9,115. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. (Philosophy & Temple & Kindness) Dalai Lama
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) Bible’s Buried Secrets 2/2
12,181. Out front was an enormous alter. Beyond that was a porch area that led into the inside of the Temple. There was a room – the holy place. And then beyond that the most sacred room: the Holy of Holies, where tradition says the Ark of the Covenant held the tablets of the law. (Solomon & Temple & Ark of the Covenant) Joan R Branham, Providence College
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
12,186. If we take the details we find of Solomon’s Temple in the Book of Kings and compare it with the Ain Dara temple we can piece together a fairly good picture I think of what this Temple might have looked like in the age of Solomon. (Solomon & Temple) Lawrence Stager, Harvard University
12,209. The story begins in 2001. A professor from the Jerusalem University receives a call from a mysterious person who refuses to give his real name. And asks this professor to come to a hotel in Jerusalem ... He opens up the briefcase. Takes out a gorgeous piece of black stone with ancient writing on it, and asks the two professors to authenticate the piece. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) Boaz Gaon, Ma-ariv Newspaper
12,210. We couldn’t find anything that would lead us to the conclusion that it was a forgery. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) Dr Amnon Rosenfeld, Geological Survey of Israel
12,187. The Temple was built to house the Ark of the Covenant. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) Horizon: King Solomon’s Tablet of Stone, BBC 2004
12,188. In July 2001 a unique inscribed tablet of stone mysteriously appeared in Israel. It was an archaeological marvel that seemed to solve one of the Bible’s great riddles. Tested by some of Israel’s top scientists it revealed that in the heart of Jerusalem three thousand years ago one of the legends of the ancient world had really existed – the magnificent Temple of Solomon. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.
12,189. The geologists studying the stone found that the patina was continuous across the front of the stone ... The patina contained tiny flecks of gold. Just what you’d expect from a stone that had been through a fire in a temple lined with gold. In January 2003 the Geological Survey official pronounced the stone to be genuine. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.
12,190. Where did the stone come from? ... The whole area is far too politically sensitive for archaeology ... It was then that the saga of the stone became very mysterious indeed. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.
12,191. Oded Golan is a businessman and renowned collector. Owner of Israel’s largest collection of antiquities. He explained that he wasn’t the owner of the stone and that he didn’t know where it was. He had just been involved as a middleman. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.
12,192. In 2002 one very special ossuary appeared. Inscribed on the side were the words James, Son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. It was heralded as the first physical evidence of Jesus Christ and caused a worldwide sensation ... Strangely, the owner was Oded Golan. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,193. The Israeli authorities were also suspicious. They raided Golan’s apartment and store-houses. There they found the ossuary perched on a toilet. And they also unearthed the illusive stone. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,194. The focus of their attention was the patina ... Yuval Goren is a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University. And a geologist. He has a detailed knowledge of both Biblical archaeology and the rocks of the Jerusalem area. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,195. How could the patina on the front of the stone be different from that on the back? ... The patina from within the carved letters. Strangely, it didn’t seem to be bonded to the stone in any natural way at all. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,196. Alarmed by what he found with the stone Professor Goren turned his attention to the James' ossuary. Again he found a similar story. A freshly cut inscription with an artificial patina applied over the top. On 18th June 2003 the Israeli authorities delivered their verdict. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,197. In the summer of 2003 after the biggest archaeological investigation in Israeli police history Oded Golan was taken into custody. It was then that investigators realised they could be dealing with more than just the stone and the ossuary. When police searched Golan’s apartment they found a hidden workshop filled with tools and half-made artefacts. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) ibid.
12,198. It is very freshly cut. You can see even the little lines, the little parallel lines of either the chisel of even maybe a drill, an electric drill. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery & Ossuary) Professor Yuval Goren
12,199. It is a little Pomegranate made of the tooth of the hippopotamus ... The inscription was engraved on it when it was already broken. It is probably a fake, probably a forgery. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) Professor Yuval Goren, Tel Aviv University
12,200. In recent years a series of extraordinary finds has been found in the Holy Land. These astonishing discoveries are linked to some of the most famous events in the Bible. They appear to be new evidence for the burial of Jesus. And for the legendary Temple of Solomon. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) The Solomon Treasures
12,201. And it was here more than twenty-five years ago in Jerusalem’s Antiquities Market that one of the most remarkable artefacts in the Holy Land’s history first came to light: it was a tiny object, just four centimetres long, badly damaged and no-one knew where it came from. But it would be hailed as a unique piece of history. It became known as the Ivory Pomegranate. It was thought to be the ornamental tip of a priest’s ceremonial staff. But what amazed the experts was the inscription: Holy to the Priests of the House of God. It suggested that this exquisite little object was used by priests in the first temple of Jerusalem, which according to the Bible, was built by King Solomon ... There was no independent evidence apart from the Bible that Solomon’s Temple actually existed. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.
12,202. According to Biblical history the Temple was destroyed by fire in 586 B.C. by invaders from Babylon. The Western Wall where Jewish pilgrims come to pray is all that’s left of a second temple built on the same site as King Solomon’s Temple by King Herod the Great. (Solomon & Ark of the Covenant & Temple & Artefact & Forgery) ibid.