Second Temple in Jerusalem
Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Bev Riter
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Among other things, the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem contains a 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem during the time of the Second Temple Period. This Period is from the rule of Cyrus the Great, about the year 516 BCE to the 70 CE siege of Jerusalem when it was destroyed by the Roman forces. Those of you following the Bible Reading Plan will have read about the building of this Second Temple in the Book of Ezra. The Persian ruler, Cyrus the Great permitted Jews in Babylonian exile to return to Jerusalem. God spoke to Cyrus, commanding him to build a house of the Lord God. The above photo is an illustration of this Second Temple.

As you can see in the photo immediately above, the model is quite large, covering nearly an acre. The reconstruction was based on the Gospels, the writings of Josephus and other as well as archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem. This model is actually at the peak of Jerusalem’s power in 66 CE, when Christianity was growing. At that time, the city was more than twice the size of the present Old City. Like in ancient times, God expects us to build and maintain a house to worship Him.