Note that Psalm 48 is a song of praise to both God and the city in which He dwells. He is greatly to be praised ‘in the city of our God, in His holy mountain…the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, the city of the great King.’ Verse 8 tells us that it’s 'in the city of the Lord of Hosts; in the city of our God’ where His people have heard and seen Him! Other kings came and were in awe and fear and hastened away (vv.4-6). The City of God was on Mount Zion and its heart was the Temple, where The King of kings dwelt! Zion is part of the old City of David. The illustration below is of the City of David above the Spring Gihon (south of the mistaken 'Temple Mount')
In John 11:48 we are told that after the raising of Lazarus the Council met and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”
Here, John uses the time-honored nick-name for the Temple, The Place. The Greek, shown below, reads literally like this ‘..and they will come the Romans and will take away (of us or ours) both the place and the nation.’
...καὶ ἐλεύσονται οἱ Ῥωμαῖοι καὶ ἀροῦσιν ἡμῶν καὶ τὸν τόπον καὶ τὸ ἔθνος.
It is clear that John means the Temple (as many translations say—even though the word Temple is not here!) and you’ll also note how closely identified in the Jewish heart, was the Temple (The Place) with their nationhood or identity. Read THE PLACE to find out more! https://wipfandstock.com/the-place.html
THE TEMPLE WAS INSIDE THE HOLY CITY!
Notice that when Jesus was tempted, the tempter ‘took him up INTO the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple’ (Matthew 4:5). Here is more evidence from within scripture that indicates quite clearly that the temple was within the holy city, not on a hill outside and to the north!
The woman at the well (John 4:20) said to Jesus, “you Jews say that IN Jerusalem is the place where one should worship.”
Here it is in Greek: οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ ὄρει τούτῳ προσεκύνησαν· καὶ ὑμεῖς λέγετε ὅτι ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις ἐστὶν ὁ τόπος ὅπου προσκυνεῖν δεῖ …
…and I have underlined some words. They simply translate ‘in Jerusalem is the place where we should worship’.
That little word ‘in’ makes all the difference. She did not say, ‘Jerusalem is the place.’ Rather, she said ‘in Jerusalem is the place.’ The Place was the nickname for the Temple and its site and had been for a long time.
The Temple was within Jerusalem, not on a prominence to the north of the township.
THE PLACE was the site of the temple – and it was not Temple Mount!
‘THE PLACE HaMakom, where Jerusalem’s temples stood’ to get the full story.
Did you Know that Abraham took Isaac to Ha Makom—The Place?
Did you Know that Jacob had his famous dream at Ha Makom—The Place?
Did you Know that Moses told Joshua and Israel to seek Ha Makom—The Place?
Did you Know that King David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold for Ha Makom—The Place?
Did you Know that David said, ‘I have loved Ha Makom—The Place where your glory dwells’?
Did you Know that Jeremiah used the term Ha Makom—The Place, more than ten times to describe a location?
Did you Know that Nehemiah reminded God that He would bring His people back to Ha Makom—The Place?
Did you Know that John described where Jesus was crucified as being near The Place of the city?
Read ‘THE PLACE—where Jerusalem’s temples stood’ for the answers to all these questions!