I will be updating my paper on the site of the Jerusalem temple and Ornan the Jebusite’s threashing floor. Here is a link to two figures which will be discussed in detail when I put the updated paper on the internet. I will link to this updated paper at that time.
I predict straight stairs could be found within the southern end of the Muslim Platform on the temple mount in Jerusalem. This would have been a temple feature of the southern Cheil. If ever archeological evidence for straight stairs were found buried at this southern end of the platform, this would help to confirm my location of the temple. The southern edge of the Muslim platform would have been the southern edge of the Cheil and the line of the Soreg. This edge of the platform was a temple feature pro served to this day.
The link to my paper on the temple’s location and various diagrams can be found at this link.
My previous post discussed the location of a curved eastern stairs into the inner courtyard. This post concerns a western stair location. I suspect some straight stairs which were part of the Temple’s Cheil lies buried below the present staircase to the west of the Dome of the Rock. If ever archeological evidence finds some straight stairs under the upper half of the current Muslim stairs just to the west of the Dome of the Rock, the finding of these stairs helps to confirm my location of the temple. You may read and see my diagrams from this link on this blog. (other blog entries have links to other papers and website.)
The origin of the present staircase may be part of a staircase going up from the west to a Roman pagan temple or equestrian statue of the Emperor Hadrian on the site of the Jewish Temple’s Holy of Holies, The Muslims then built the Dome of the Rock on the Jewish temple site, and incorporated this staircase into their design. The present staircase looks fairly new, but I believe it is on the site of the first Muslim staircase going up to the building from the west. This would have been one of the four original staircases going up to the platform (the southern staircase between the Al aksa and the Dome of the Rock being the most important or most frequented. This staircase is one of two built within the platform while the others were built outside. Also this staircase is the deepest or longest of the two.
The Jewish temple’s axis line would have been south of the Muslim Dome of the Rock axis line. The Muslim staircase is not directly in back of the building, but shifted to the south. In fact, the Jewish temple’s axis line runs on or vcry close to the bottome of the Muslim staircase. this axis line also runs close to the northern edge of the staircase.
I will be updating some of my old papers whose links can be found in this blog.
I wish to state a very important fact: If ever a trench is cut on the eastern side of the Muslim platform on the temple mount, which shows archaeological evidence for a curving staircase (15 curving steps would be the total number of steps, but even finding evidence of one curving step would be enough) buried below the surface of the platform, this would be confirmation of the location of the temple, since the Talmud describes curved steps leading up to Nikanor’s Gate from the Court of the Women. A curving step was a unique feature found nowhere else in the temple. Since we have dimensions stated in the Talmud, we can reconstruct were many locations were if we know the length of a Cubit.
If these stairs match the location of the calculated location for these stairs in my article on the temple’s location, then this paper has proven where the temple stood on the temple mount because this one calculated piece of the puzzle is specific enough to confirm other parts of the puzzle such as the location of the Azarah etc. My paper uses the same size cubit as Leen Ritmeyer’s cubit measure.
Also L. Ritmeyer points out (Ritmeyer, L. (2006). The Quest, Carta Jerusalem, p. 354) and also is apparent by looking at his drawings of the temple) that his placing of these curved steps in the location shown in his book and various publications, coincides with the present straight Muslim staircase (but at a slightly different angle) that if remains of any curved staircase were to be found under the present Muslim staircase whenever this Muslim staircase might be excavated, then this would be confirmatory evidence of his location (labeled 3). But the inverse also is true: if no curved stairs or staircase is found under the Muslim staircase, then this may mean Nakanor’s Gate was never nearby and my location (labeled 2) could be possible.
According to my model, under, beside, or behind the current Muslim Staircase must be no bedrock, but a filling of non bedrock material would be expected as this would have been ground in the middle of the Court of the Women. My model does allow for bedrock farther to the north around the cisterns pictured and by the location labeled (1) located there which would be ground due north of the Court of the Lepers and not within the Court of the Women. This will be discussed in my updated paper on the temple’s location.
In the figure, the eastern edge of the Muslim Platform is labeled (1), The Dome of the Rock building is labeled (4), the Dome of the Chain is labeled (5), and two cisterns are labeled (6) all shown for reference.