40.3 – Jerusalem (30 AD)

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  • By the time of Christ, King Herod the Great had expanded the Second Temple making it into a gloriously large structure, much larger than Solomon’s temple. It included Antonia’s Fortress to the north.
  • Hezekiah’s tunnel still fed the Pool of Siloam (where Jesus healed the blind man in John 9:7)
  • On the west side of the city, Herod built the Citadel Towers and his palace just to the south.
  • The traditional spot for Calvary was just outside the city wall, on the northwest side of the city.
  • The Pool of Bathesda (where Jesus healed the lame man who couldn’t reach the waters that were stirred by the angel) was on the north side of the Temple (John 5:2)
  • Despite the excess and disrespectful sacrifices conducted in the Temple, Jesus called it “His Father’s house” (Luke 2:49, John 2:16)
  • After rejecting Christ, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, just as Jesus had prophesied in Matt 24:1-2).

This map depicts the walls of Jerusalem in the time of Christ.