BIN: The head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the Islamic University of Gaza, Dr. Ghassan Weshah told Felesteen, a Gazan news service, in an interview this week that there was no archaeological evidence of a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.
“One of the biggest lies of the Zionists with regard to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is that it was built on the ruins of the Temple, which was destroyed on August 21, 586 BCE,” Prof. Weshah said in the interview. “This is a false statement. There is no other building under the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
It is important to note that the (Jordanian) Waqf does not permit any archaeological studies to take place and rejects any efforts to preserve artifacts, even those with significance to Islam. more …
Opinion: That the Waqf (custodian of the temple mount) prohibits archaeological digs on the temple mount, should be all the evidence needed to prove that these Arabs who call themselves Palestinians have no history there prior to 1948.
Otherwise they would be digging away to validate their claims of ancient possession.
- The Bible also calls the temple mount Mount Zion (Psalm 48:2; Isaiah 4:5)
- God told Abraham to bring his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to make him a sacrifice to the Lord (Genesis 22:1-14)
- The first Jewish Temple was completed on Mount Moriah in approximately 950 BC
The Temple of Solomon was built over Araunah’s threshing floor. Araunah the Jebusite was a Canaanite who offered King David the gift of a site and supplies to make a temple to the Lord, even though he himself does not appear to have been a believer in the God of Israel. King David declined the offer:
2 Samuel 24:24 “Then the king said to Araunah, ‘No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.’ So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”
Since David was a man of war, God instructed David’s son Solomon to build the temple. That temple was destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonian Empire under King Nebuchadnezzar.
- The 2nd Jewish Temple was built on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, between 516 BC and 70 AD
During Jesus’ ministry, He entered the 2nd temple and turned over the tables of the money changers:
John 2:13-16: “Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
Arab Palestinians make up fables about ancient possession of every Jewish holy site. The irony is that most world leaders act like they believe the lie 2 Thess. 2:11-12.