Interview with Ian Heard

Published 2022-05-01.
Ian, your book title is curious. Isn’t it a settled fact that Jerusalem’s temples were on what is today called Temple Mount, where the Muslim shrine The Dome of the Rock stands?
Well, no. There is a growing number of scholars and others who believe that Solomon’s temple and the later temples stood in the City of David, some distance to the south of The Dome of the rock site.
Is there any compelling evidence?
In my view, and that of others, more than there is for the alleged Temple Mount site.
Can you enlarge on that?
Well, for one thing, I believe the naming by Jacob of a special and particular site as the Beyt-El (Bethel) meaning House of God, was prophetic and should not be dismissed. His naming had historic importance.
Was this site recognised by others?
Oh yes, and its name is repeated throughout the Bible’s Patriarchal narratives and in many more places—to the point where it becomes almost tedious in the original Hebrew, but is often missed reading it in our English translations.
You sound quite persuaded?
I think my readers will also find the evidence quite persuasive as well as stimulating.
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Books by This Author

The Temple Quest
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,200. Language: Australian English. Published: April 14, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Antiquities & Archaeology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Messianic Judaism
Locating Jerusalem's temples using only Biblical references and descriptions. The book's Foreword is by Marilyn Sams.