Solomon’s TempleConstruction of Solomon’s Temple began about 950 BC on the Mount Moriah site chosen by David at God’s leading. The temple sat on a high point of the ridge known as David’s City, just north of the original city.
Construction of this 35-acre platform took seven years. No hammers or chisels were used on the site; the stones were prepared at the quarry and brought in. The temple was mostly made of limestone, however some of the parts were covered with gold and cedar; it was precisely and luxuriously furnished (1 Kings 7:13-51).
The Ark of the Covenant was held here. After the temple was dedicated to God (1 Kings 8:22-66), it was completely filled by God’s presence (2 Chron. 5:13-14; 7:1-3).
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