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Map of the Second Temple during the time of Jesus Christ
Jesus during the Second Temple Period
Temple, in all of its splendor, was massive. The stones with which
it was constructed weighed up to 400 tons and the Temple itself was
capable of accommodating a million people. Its size spanned 500
yards in length, and 400 yards in width. Herod, quite the brilliant
architect, made it a priority not only to rebuild the Temple, but to
do so on an exponentially grander scale than Solomon's temple.
"And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day's journey, and sought Him among relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers."
in which Jesus entered the Second Temple was much later in His life,
but is also depicted in Scriptures. Upon seeing money changes
conducting business inside the Temple courtyards, Jesus was angered
and began turning over tables, shouting "My house shall be called a
house of prayer, but you have made it a 'den of thieves".
"Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!' And Jesus answered and said to him, 'Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
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