Over The Crossroads of Time: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Monumental Staircases (regular mail)
Over The Crossroads of Time: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Monumental Staircases
As Revealed in Benjamin Mazar’s Excavations (198-1978) By Eilat Mazar
Two thousand years ago, King Herod constructed a tremendous compound on
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in which he built the Temple and the Royal
Stoa — marvels of classical architecture for their size, might, and beauty.
The Temple and the Royal Stoa were diametrical opposites. The realm of the
sacred was the very essence of the Temple, while the Royal Stoa represented
the secular. Accordingly, separate access routes were built to these mutually
exclusive spheres, while raising the construction techniques of his time to new
and unparalleled levels of sophistication.
The archaeological excavations that Professor Benjamin Mazar conducted
at the foot of the Temple Mount walls during the entire decade between 1968
and 1978 uncovered the immense crossroads built by Herod that had been used
by the thousands of pilgrims and visitors to the Temple Mount without fear of
mingling the consecrated with the commonplace. The archaeologist Eilat Mazar
(Benjamin’s granddaughter) has written the detailed story of those excavations
and the surprising conclusions to be drawn from them.
Over the Crossroads of Time: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Monumental
Staircases tells that story — based on the groundbreaking excavations conducted
by Benjamin Mazar and the rich data they produced, along with explanations
based on rigorous scientific research, accompanied by hundreds of photographs
and illustrations, as well as 3D reconstructions.
Dr. Eilat Mazar has been conducting excavations in the Ophel and the City
of David areas of Jerusalem for four decades, to uncover the city’s ancient past. She has written numerous books about ancient Jerusalem, including The Complete Guide to the Temple Mount Excavations and the monumental
work The Walls of the Temple Mount.
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