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Тајна јудејског храма у Тел Моци
The Secret of Judahite Temple at Tel Moẓa

Author(s): Aleksandar Danilović
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Church(es)
Published by: Православни богословски факултет Универзитета у Београду
Keywords: temple; Tel Moẓa; excavations; biblical archaeology; Palestine; Israel; Old Testament; Solomon’s temple; history

Summary/Abstract: Due to the construction of a section of the highway from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, the archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed in the summer of 2012 an imposing building at Tel Moẓa, just seven kilometers away from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They concluded that this building had a function of a temple during the time of ancient Israel. An even greater surprise was the discovery that this building was of the same shape as Solomon’s Temple, and most probably, it was built at a similar time. This contribution attempts to offer an overview of archaeological discoveries from Tel Moẓa and to set up and analyze the problem from the perspective of the biblical text. Why was another temple built just a few tens of minutes walk from the First Temple in Jerusalem? Who built it? What was its role? Does the biblical writer ever mention such a striking building? These are just some of the questions, which will certainly be further extended, when the archaeologists continue with the excavations in Tel Moẓa, and when they bring us some new discoveries.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 29-45
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian