No one has seen a truly beautiful building unless he has seen the Temple.” That’s what one rabbi wrote around the time of Jesus, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Herod the Great had begun a massive reconstruction and expansion project of the Temple in Jerusalem in 20 BC. The project lasted for decades, and the end result was breathtaking.
By the time Jesus arrived there on Palm Sunday, the Temple Mount was the largest worship space in the ancient world. The Temple itself...
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