An addendum to Journal of Trip to Israel 2017

Clarifying the topography of Mt. Moriah from exhibits at Tower of David Museum of History of Jerusalem.

Mt. Moriah is not a pointy-top mountain. Instead, it is a “rocky plateau” according to Jeremiah 21:13 (NIV). And according to the bronze three dimensional map at the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. It’s shaped like a comma.

At its topmost height is the rocky outcropping located at halfway point on the comma:


A cut-away drawing to show Hezekiah’s Tunnel (2 Kings 18-20, 2 Chronicles 29-30). Used here to show Jerusalem at the bottom of the “comma” and the ascent to the First Temple built by Solomon at Mt. Moriah’s pinnacle.

-Where Abraham brought Isaac in obedience to God’s instructions and God provided the substitute sacrifice of a ram. (Genesis 22)

-Where neither the men of Judah (Joshua 15:63) nor the men of Benjamin (Judges 1:21) could dislodge the Jebusites after the death of the Amorite king of Jerusalem (Joshua 10:1-5) who was killed at a cave at Makkedah (Joshua 10:22-27).

-Where David bought the threshing floor from Araunah the Jebusite in II Samuel 24:18 for a place to build a house for God.

-Where Solomon built a great temple w/same floor plan that God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai in Exodus 36-38.

-Where the Babylonians destroyed the Temple of God’s presence in Jeremiah 52.

-Where Herod the Great rebuilt a Second Temple to gain favor w/full-blooded Jews which he was not in 19 BC. It took him 46 years (John 2:20) to build it.

The Dome of the Rock, western view with Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives to the east in the background. Notice the Mt. of Olives is higher.

-Where Jesus said His temple would be destroyed and raised again in 3 days.                                                                                           (John 2:19)

-Where Titus, son of Caesar Vespasian, destroyed  the Second Temple in 70 AD.

(An interesting side note: The building of the Coliseum in Rome was financed by the looting of valuable objects from the Second Temple when the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed according to Scott Stripling, Shiloh Dig Director.)

This view is from the south. El Aqbar Mosque, smaller black dome, is in foreground. See the dark green northern ridge of Mt. of Olives curving behind the continuation of Mt. Moriah’s northern slope. 

-Where Mohammed claimed to visit in a night journey in about 600 AD. This, and the Dome of the Rock built over the topmost point, give Muslims their claim to the mount as the 2nd holiest site in Islam.

I always thought (erroneously) that Jerusalem was the highest point around because they “went up” to Jerusalem in the Bible.