Is This the High Priestly Palace Where Jesus Stood Trial?

In the 1970s, renowned archaeological architect Leen Ritmeyer, with his training in both ancient architecture and conservation of historic sites, supervised the team that reconstructed a large palace not far from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He has tentatively identified the “Palatial Mansion” (or “Herodian Mansion”) as the place of residence for Annas the high…

Three Ages of the Interior Life in Relation to the Jewish Temple

Dr Taylor Marshall: The great saints and masters of the mystical life in the Catholic tradition often speak of the three ages of the spiritual life. These stages correspond to the three areas of Solomon’s Temple: 1) Purgative (outer court) 2) Illuminative (holy place) 3) Unitive (holy of holies) 1) The purgative way is when…

An Atheist Church? Coming Soon

Nonbelievers to get a place of ‘worship’: Atheists have long criticised devout followers of faith. But now it seems Atheism is stealing from that very religious tradition by erecting a temple of worship. Author Alain de Botton announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the U.K., reports DeZeen magazine. A collaboration with Tom Greenall…

Second Jewish Temple Just Waiting to be Unearthed

Undoubtedly, the Second (and First) Temple period are under the surface of the Temple Mount: One of the most prominent Israeli archaeologists declared today that remains from the First and Second Jewish Temple period – including the Second Temple itself – lie underneath the Temple Mount surface, just waiting to be excavated. Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University…