The Gospel according to St. Mark. Chapter 13. TEMPLE. The Temple and its courts occupied an area of 1 stadium (Josephus), or 500 cubits (cubits=18-21 Inches),(Talmud).
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The Temple and its courts occupied an area of 1 stadium (Josephus), or 500 cubits (cubits=18-21 Inches),(Talmud).
They were arranged in terrace form, one court being higher than another, and the Temple highest of all, so as to be easily seen from any part of the city or vicinity, thus presenting an imposing appearance
The Temple Proper. The Temple stood so much higher than the court of the priests that it was approached by a flight of twelve steps. It stood in the western end of the inner court on the NW part of the Temple mount and was built, according to Josephus (Ant. 15.11.3), upon new foundations of massive blocks of white marble, richly ornamented with gold both inside and out
"The temple had doors also at the entrance, and lintels over them, of the same height with the temple itself. They were adorned with embroidered veils, with their flowers of purple, and pillars interwoven: and over these, but under the crown-work, was spread out a golden vine, with its branches hanging down from a great height" (Josephus Ant. 15.11.3).
The holy place was 40 cubits long, 20 wide, and 60 in height. It contained one golden lampstand, a single table of the bread of the Presence, and one altar of incense.
Separated from it by a wooden partition was the Holy of Holies, 20 cubits long and 60 high, which was empty. The rabbinical writers maintain that there were two veils over its entrance. It was this veil that was rent on the occasion of our Lord's crucifixionThe Temple
the unfruitful speculations, bitter contentions, empty ceremonialism and
virtual idolatry which degraded and disgraced the Christianity of the East and the west after the fifth century.
communion, and the jealousy between the Greek and Latin churches
prevented them from aiding each other in efforts to arrest the progress of the common foe.
deadly than Islâm; while the Latins cared more for the supremacy of the
Pope than the triumph of Christianity.