First Temple: Drawing of the Exterior

Artist’s Rendering of the First Temple exterior, unknown artist, Wikipedia Commons.

An artist rendition is imagined using a combination three things: primary sources, secondary sources, and guesswork. Primary sources are the excavated remains. Very limited archaeology has been done near the site of the Temple Mount and is always met with political controversy. As of yet no evidence of a temple structure has been unearthed on the Temple Mount. Secondary sources are composed of architectural parallels, ancient depictions and descriptions, or ethno-archaeological data. For the First Temple, biblical descriptions and temples built by neighboring peoples in the Iron Age are used as references. Examples such as Tayinat, ‘Ain Dara and Aleppo have been excavated and documented. Guesswork is used to fill in the gaps when an artist is deciding on the details of a rendering.  

First Temple 2

Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

The stage of development during which humans used iron weapons; in the ancient Near East, approx. 1200 to 500 B.C.E.

The site in Jerusalem of the First and Second Temples, according to the Bible.

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