Friday, June 08, 2007

Identification Problem

Perhaps one of this blog's readers can help with identifying the photos below.  They are clearly of the same structure.  The first one is from a book from the 1890s, where it is identified as the "Temple of the Ark" at Shiloh.  The second shows Ephraim Stern teaching with the bullhorn on June 25, 1968.  I have asked a few smart people about this, but without success.  I am doubtful that this is at Shiloh, but I'm sure it is somewhere in the hill country north of Jerusalem.  Does anyone know?

Temple of the Ark, Shiloh

Shiloh with Ephraim Stern, db6806255403

UPDATE (6/11): Indeed this structure is at Shiloh, to the east of the Visitor's Center, and now partially hidden by bushes.  It apparently was a synagogue (Byzantine period?) before being converted into a mosque.  Thanks to MB for the answer!

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