News Regarding Solomon’s Temple

New information about Solomon’s temple points to a location on the Temple Mount somewhat different than has been commonly assumed. Instead of being where the present Dome of the Rock is, it may have been a little further east. The new proposed location puts the ancient Temple over a large ancient cistern, where water was drawn out for daily purification and washing rituals.

As one can read in the works of Mircea Eliade and others, such as Jewish scholar Jon Levenson (see his tremendous book, Sinai and Zion), the symbolism associated with ancient temples also includes the concept of taming the waters of chaos. Subterranean water beneath the Temple can symbolize primordial chaos conquered by the power of God in the Creation, and also represent the world of the dead. In this ancient paradigm, the temple is the axis mundi, the great axis of the world that joins the realms of the dead, the living, and the heavens. How well that concept fits with the restored LDS Temple, where the baptismal font, the lowest part of the Temple, provides the symbolic subterranean water in a sense, and plays a role in joining the realm of the dead to the living, freeing the dead who accept the Gospel and offering them the blessings of the heavens.


Author: Jeff Lindsay

7 thoughts on “News Regarding Solomon’s Temple

  1. What this post makes me wonder is: if this location can be verified as the “real” location, will that make it possible to rebuild the Temple without demolishing the Dome of the Rock?

  2. Having read the Left Behind series, this sounds very much like what those authors came up with as well. Two temples side by side on the temple mount. One Christian and one Muslim. Everyone living in peace and harmony.

  3. I believe that a temple is anywhere there is an altar. The article for “Altar” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism by Bruce H. Porter provides some interesting insights into this idea…

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