Bible Review 10:2, April 1994

Inside Solomon’s Temple

By Victor Hurowitz

“Then Solomon said … ‘I have built thee an exalted house, a place for thee to dwell in forever.’”

(1 Kings 8:12–13)

A vision of Isaiah, “I beheld my Lord seated on a high and lofty throne; and the skirts of his robe filled the Temple.”

(Isaiah 6:1)

I would like to take you on a tour of God’s house in Jerusalem, the Temple of Solomon, and afterward talk a little about its significance. The only minor inconvenience to our tour is that this famous edifice, otherwise known as the First Temple, was plundered and destroyed by the Babylonians nearly 2,600 years ago, in 586 B.C.E. We must therefore proceed indirectly, with the aid of various sources, not all equally reliable. Before beginning, let’s review these sources.

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