Solomon’s Temple and Palace: New Archaeological Discoveries
By Yosef Garfinkel and Madeleine Mumcuoglu
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”—Exodus 25:8
“Impressively well-written, organized and presented for both academia and the interested non-specialist general reader. Recommended for community and academic library Biblical archaeology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.” — THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
King Solomon’s Temple—also known as the First Temple—and royal palace from the Hebrew Bible have been a riddle for millennia. Biblical descriptions of these magnificent structures allegedly erected in ancient Jerusalem by Solomon, the son of King David, have proven difficult to interpret.
Some scholars have even gone so far as to say that the Bible was written a few hundred years after the events it describes and that the authors of the Biblical text could not possibly have described the Temple and palace accurately. Yet archaeologists Yosef Garfinkel and Madeleine Mumcuoglu believe they have proof that the Biblical authors did know what they were talking about, thanks to the discovery of a small stone Temple model at Khirbet Qeiyafa.
The Temple model, an elaborate stone-carved structure, displays a number of architectural features referenced in the Biblical descriptions of Solomon’s palace and the First Temple. The architectural features of the shrine make sense of the enigmatic Biblical descriptions. Meanings once lost to time, with expressions such as “transparent and opaque windows,” are a riddle no more.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of colorful images and charts, Solomon’s Temple and Palace: New Archaeological Discoveries provides a new understanding of the Biblical texts, allowing a new representation of Solomon’s Temple and palace as they have never been seen before. This authoritative book is perfect for the scholar and layperson alike.