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The Architectural Origins Of Herods Temple Mount

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Herods 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 Herods 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.

Keywords: Herod; Jerusalem; Temple Mount



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