The Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Aerial photo of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem showing the Proposed Northern,
Central and Southern Sites for the First and Second Temples.

"As the navel is set in the centre of the human body,
so is the land of Israel the navel of the world...
situated in the centre of the world,
and Jerusalem in the centre of the land of Israel,
and the sanctuary in the centre of Jerusalem,
and the holy place in the centre of the sanctuary,
and the ark in the centre of the holy place,
and the foundation stone before the holy place,
because from it the world was founded."

Midrash Tanchuma, Qedoshim.

Locating the Temple Site

Where Were the First and Second Temples Located?

The Temple Mount at the Dome of the Rock (Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, Dr. Dan Bahat)
The Temple Mount to the North (Dr. Asher Kaufman)
The Al Kas Hypothesis Introduced (Tuvia Sagiv)
The Southern (Al Aqsa) Location Theory (Norma Robertson)

Dr. Leen Ritmeyer's Interview: What is the Archeological Evidence on the Temple Mount? (30 minutes). April 2, 2015

Listen to the 1993 Temple Mount Conference Lectures by Dr. Asher Kaufman, Dr. Dan Bahat, Tuvia Sagiv, Rabbi Chaim Richman, Gershon Salomon, and others. 1995 Temple Mount Conference Lectures by Dr. Chuck Missler are here.

  Temple Mount Videos page

Evidence for the Temple Location South of the Dome of the Rock

Tuvia Sagiv's Research Papers

Looking North from El Kas Fountain,
Tuvia Sagiv's Proposed Southern Temple Site

The Southern (Al Aqsa) Location Model of Norma Robertson

Full Report: PDF Version 2020 edition
| 2018 edition

Locating Solomon's Temple

Latest Summary for the Most Likely Temple Location, September 2018

History of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

Israel Peace with Iran and Neighbors is an open letter by William Mohlenhoff regarding the Temple Mount and Peace Solutions. It appears obvious that the key to peace is co-existence on the Temple Mount, without coercion of one monotheistic faith by another. The author calls for a ceasing of all belligerent Jihad tactics from the Moslems, Jewish dominance, or preaching by Christians. We can show only that we have the tolerance of other beliefs and will observe mutual Temple Mount access by all three faiths in specific areas that conform to the needs of each faith. The author writes with emphasis and points to Israel's history and specific Biblical prophecy.

The Western Wall.
Tuvia Sagiv's "Southern Location," lies due East of this Wall


The Ark of the Covenant
Some authorities believe the Ark is located under the Temple Mount.

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