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Temple Mount Part 1- Early History and Traditions

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 mountain called Mount Moriah. It is believed that parts of Mount Moriah were inhabited as early as the fourth millennium BCE. Around four thousand years ago a settlement was established which was called Jebus. The Bible refers to the inhabitants of this area as Jebusites. Some historians think the people were Hittites, a known group in middle east at the time. The Jebusites used the top of Mount Moriah as a threshing floor, wher

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