Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Temple Replica Coming to Jerusalem

Ynet is reporting that Aish HaTorah is currently building a large museum opposite the Western Wall which will feature "an elaborated massive replica of the Temple."  The rest of the brief article discusses the museum and no other details are given about the model.

The three-storey museum, whose construction is valued at nearly $20 million will be erected in the Aish HaTorah ("Fire of the Torah") Yeshiva complex. The museum will feature a journey through Jewish history, from the days of Abraham to the present, emphasizing the message and significance of the Jewish people’s presence in the Land of Israel and their degree of accomplishment in world improvement....

In addition to the great lavish interior, the museum’s crowning glory is no doubt the massive amphitheater, whose cost is being sponsored by veteran Hollywood star Kirk Douglas, and his no less famous son, Michael.

The amphitheater will feature a three-dimensional film depicting the history of the Jewish nation over a huge glass screen through which one can see the Western Wall. The museum will also include a learning center with a VIP wing to host movie stars, politicians and other celebrities from Israel and abroad.

The brief article is here.

Western Wall plaza excavation, tb091306080
The Aish HaTorah building is on the left, marked with an arrow.

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3 Comments:

  • More information and drawings here:
    http://www.aish.com/aishint/building/architectural_drawings.asp

    By Anonymous One Christian Ministry, at Wed May 07, 08:52:00 AM  

  • The Temple at what phase? (Herod's Temple, I presume.)

    Let me ask you a question: if Jesus "drew in the dirt" there and the pilgrims under Archelaus found stones to attack with (in 4 BC)... then the temple court sounds more like a courtyard. So when was it paved?

    IMHO, not until Agrippa II.

    Now please, I would love to know. Do you think there's any merit to this little 'reconstruction' of mine?

    By Blogger Bill, at Mon May 26, 08:27:00 AM  

  • Bill - I don't think it is wise to treat the entire Temple Mount complex as a single unit. The whole is very large and parts could have been paved at one period and other parts at another period. Today some parts are paved, some parts are dirt, some parts are olive groves, and some parts are trash heaps.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Fri Jun 13, 11:30:00 AM  

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