Sheep Gate, The

Sheep Gate, The

A gate probably located in the north city wall of Jerusalem, on the north side of the Temple area. This gate was built after the return from exile by Eliashib and his brothers (Neh 3:1) as part of Nehemiah’s reconstruction of the Jerusalem walls (Neh 12:39). Because of its proximity to the Temple area and pool of Bethzatha (Bethesda), it has been surmised that sheep to be sacrificed were brought into the city through this gate.

Neh 3:1

Organization of the Work
1Then the high priest Eliashib set to work with his fellow priests and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set up its doors ... View more

Neh 12:39

39and above the Gate of Ephraim, and by the Old Gate, and by the Fish Gate and the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, to the Sheep Gate; and they ca ... View more

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