Solomons Temple Essay

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Solomons Temple

Solomon's temple was constructed around 966 BC, at Mount Moria, out of the finest wood and
metals. The temple remained there for almost four hundred years when it was destroyed by
the army of Nabuchodonozor in 586 BC. In Hebrew, it is called Bet Yehovah, meaning "house
of Jehovah", the New Testament calls it oikos, meaning "the house", and in Latin it was
called cella, meaning "the most holy place of the temple". The temple was constructed on
the highest point in the land, surrounded by courts and royal palaces.

The story of the temple begins with King Solomon's father, King David. He commanded that
all of his people should be counted. One day, he saw an angel, sent by God, to strike
down all of the people as a punishment for David's pride. King David repented and bought
the land where he saw the angel. He gathered treasures from foreign lands and his people
to build a great temple to God, but his son Solomon did the actual construction. He went
to Hiram, King Tyre in Phoenicia to hire workers since the Jews were not skilled in the
arts. He hired experts in masonry, brass working and carpentry. The measurement used to
construct the temple was the cubit. Even though there are many different translations of
exactly how long a cubit is, my research shows that it was roughly one foot, five and
three fourth inches. Construction of the temple was finally completed seven and a half
years after it started with a dedication from King Solomon.

The interior of the temple had two chambers, which were not equal in length. The height
of both chambers was twenty cubits, however the first chamber was longer by twenty cubits.
The first one was called the hekal, which means "Holy Place". Inside this room was a
golden table that priests would place the loaves of proposition on every Sunday. There
were also five candles on both sides of the room. These candles were made of pure gold
and were each fueled by seven oil lamps. To the East was a pentagonal door six cubits
wide, which entered into the second chamber called the debir, which means "Holy of
Holies". This room contained the sacred, Ark of the Covenant. Inside the ark was a
vessel of mana, the rod of Aaron and the two tablets, which had the ten laws given to
Moses by God in the desert, written on them. The walls of both chambers were lined with
cedar wood, coated with gold. The floor was made of fur wood, covered with gold chains.
Above these chambers was another area, ten cubits high, but no record says what this was
used for.

The flat roof was made of beams and planks of cedar wood. Some archaeologists believe
that it may have been arched since such a surface would have easily leaked, but records
say that it was flat. Both chambers had windows, but they were not made to let light into
the rooms, rather, they were made to bring fresh air in and take smoke from the burning
incense out.

The entire temple sat on a large stone platform, which stuck out five cubits around the
base. At the front of the building were ten steps that led up to the door. On both sides
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