Temple Mount and the Southern Steps in Jesus’ Day

Have you ever wondered what life was like on and around Temple Mount in Jesus’ day?  There are some things we know about, such as Jesus clearing the Temple courtyards of money changers who were turning God’s house into a den of thieves (Matthew 21John 2), Jesus taught in the Temple (Mark 12), and that Jesus used the Temple as an object lesson to teach His disciples about Himself (Mark 14).

The Temple, of course, was destroyed in 70 AD and has not been rebuilt since.  In fact, much has changed as a result of the destruction of Jerusalem and years of history since.  However, there are still places that “tell a story” if we only listen.  One such location is the southern steps to Temple Mount.  We know that Jesus and other “commoners” would have entered the Temple via those steps, so it is a striking place when you visit Israel.

Today, let’s go there, and imagine what it was like in Jesus’ day.  Enjoy!

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