The Strange Little City of Ancient Zion: The Archaeological Conundrum of Temple Mount by Dr. George Wesley Buchanan
The Temple Mount has long been a flashpoint for religious tension, with both the Islamic and Judaeo-Christian traditions asserting a claim to a few square meters of land. In this carefully argued presentation professor George Wesley Buchanan demonstrates that the religious shrine of Jewish scripture was actually located more than half a mile away. Of the 3.5 million religious tourists visiting Jerusalem annually, few would think to look down into the valley for the Spring of Siloam that lies south of the famous rise where the Dome of the Rock now stands.
A fundamental tenet of the argument is the point that the ancient Jewish priests would not have sacrificed bulls on the arid peak of the hill. Such rituals demand large quantities of water—essential in washing away the large amounts of blood involved—and the logical site can only be a lower lying spot next to a river.
This spellbinding account, convincingly argued and making good use of diagrams and illustrations, bases its logic on hard archaeological evidence supported by a close analysis of scripture.
George Wesley Buchanan is Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Biblical Archaeology Review.
William Telford, PhD, is a distinguished biblical scholar at the University of Durham in England. He is currently writing on methods of biblical research as well as Jesus's portrayal in film.