Only in Jerusalem can we connect to thousands of years of Biblical history and appreciate how privileged we are to live, visit, and work in the most beautiful city in the world! Jerusalem is the place where both of the Holy Temples once stood, and the place where God willing it will do so again!
The detailed history of Jerusalem is enough to fill a book of thousands of pages. Although it is mentioned in the Bible around 660 times, it was not until 1000 BCE that Jewish governance of the city began. That was when King David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites and declared it the capital of the Jewish Kingdom.
King Solomon, David’s son, would build the First Temple of Jerusalem in 960 CE. In Hebrew, it would be called the Beit Hamikdash. In 586 BCE, the First Temple was destroyed at the hands of the Babylonian army, leaving Jerusalem in ruins and the Jewish population taken captive to Babylon.
In 539 BCE the Persian Ruler, Cyrus the Great conquered Jerusalem and in 516 BCE decreed that the Jews may return to Jerusalem from Babylonian exile. This period marked the beginning of the building of the Second Temple.
Hundreds of years later, in 37 BCE, King Herod revamped the Temple and added a set of retaining walls to the structure. And then in 70 CE, following the great siege of Jerusalem, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, leading to an expulsion of the Jews once again. An expulsion that would last thousands of years until the 19th century, when in 1967 the Jewish people would finally govern in Jerusalem again!
Jerusalem's Treasures Revealed
The Western Wall/Mount of olives
The Mount of Olives
City of David
The Old City of Jerusalem
The Machane Yehuda Market
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