“Much of significance about the City of David site of the temple has been written by others—including Dr E L Martin, David Sielaff, Marilyn Sams, (the late) Emeritus Professor George Wesley Buchanan, Robert Cornuke et al. They have used both the Bible and a multitude of extra-biblical sources and investigations to piece together what is becoming, in my view, an insurmountable case for the City of David site.
I have felt challenged, in addition to my previous book, ‘THE PLACE HAMAKOM: Where Jerusalem’s Temples stood’, in which I used both Biblical and fictional characters to unfold the story of the site in narrative style—to now make the case using evidence exclusively from the Biblical text. My hope is that this book makes the case even more clearly.
Of key importance are the following factors:
• Recognition that early in the Patriarchal narratives and later, there was growing awareness and use of the Hebrew term hamakom, ‘the place’, with the definite article, in relation to a particular, special, and familiar location.
• The naming by Jacob of the hamakom site as Beyt-El (Bethel) ‘House of God’ was a strategic and prophetic revelation meaning that we should treat it as the authentic Bethel—where God intended to reside.
• Until David in the Biblical narrative, there remains a small element of uncertainty as to hamakom’s true meaning and location, but the stapling of that site by him to Gihon eliminates what doubt remains.
As the reader will learn, there are many other references and factors within the pages of the Bible which go on contributing weight to the side of the scales which argues for the City of David site for the temple of Solomon and the later temples.”
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