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July 16, 2019

This is the last in my series on Temple Mount. We last left the story of the mountain in the year 705 CE with the construction of Al Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock was built 15 years previously.  While the city of Jerusalem now became a Muslim majority city, Christi...

April 30, 2019

In Part 3 of my Blog about Temple Mount I ended with the destruction of the second Jewish temple by the Romans in the year 70 CE. History moved on but for over 500 years Temple Mount laid in ruins. 

A lot happened in those 500 years in Judea and Jerusalem: The Bar Kochb...

January 7, 2019

Part 2 of my blog about Temple Mount ended with the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in the year 586 BCE, along with the forced exile of the Jewish elite to Babylon.  Soon after this event the Babylonian empire fell to the Persian Empire.

The Persian r...

September 25, 2018

In Part 1 I outlined the earliest traditions regarding Temple Mount. I concluded that King David purchased the site on Mount Moriah to build there a “Temple to the Lord”, however this was left to his son Solomon.

King Solomon was the third king of Israel, having ruled f...

August 7, 2018

Temple Mount is probably the most contested piece of real estate in the world. Today the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque stand there. But what are the origins of this important place and why does everyone want “a piece of the rock”?

Temple Mount is actually a mo...

June 5, 2018

It’s common knowledge that Jews, and therefore most Israelis, don’t drink much beer. And they certainly don’t produce it. Well guess again. Not only does Israel produce some great beers but the history of Jews and beer goes way back to the Babylonian exile in 586 BCE!

A...

March 27, 2018

There are many sites along the shore line of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) which are worth visiting. Many of them are connected to Christianity, specifically to the Ministry of Jesus.  However, there is one site which is also especially interesting to Jews and anyone e...

January 1, 2018

If you’re on your way to southern Israel and the Negev desert be sure to stop at Be’er Sheva on the way. In fact, it’s worth a day trip from the center of the country too.

Be’er Sheva is a very ancient city and a very modern one. The remains of the ancient city can be f...

November 27, 2017

If you’ve taken a tour with me around Jaffa and Neveh Tzedek in Tel Aviv (and if you haven't, why not?) you’ve heard me mention the names Yosef Moyal, Aharon Chelouche and Haim Amzaleg. These three men were influential figures in the Jewish community of Jaffa in the 19...

November 5, 2017

Sometimes it’s difficult to create a trip which appeals both to young and old. One of the best places in Israel which appeals to all is Beit Guvrin – Maresha National Park. This area has a very long history and has seen many cultures come and go.

Maresha was originally...

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