As Marilyn Sams (Author of ‘The Jerusalem Temple Mount Myth’ and other works) has said, ‘…‘Today, the view upheld by those writing almost 2,000 years distant from the events is the illogical conclusion that the Romans preserved the temple mount, the religious symbol of their hated enemy, while destroying their own camp--the tower of Antonia*. While archaeologists have searched in vain for the tiniest vestige of its existence north of the alleged temple mount, the enclosure itself, with the shape and dimensions of a typical Roman camp, looms as the proverbial elephant (better--mammoth) in the room of Jerusalem topographical scholarship’ (End Quote).
(* That is, where the popular myth has placed it).
One only has to take a look at the shape and approximate dimensions of Roman military camps across their vast empire to be caused to take a deep breath—and have another think, as a growing number of academics are doing.
However, when so much time, energy, resources and commitment has been invested in what it appears cannot be true—not to mention the tourist dollars—we are dealing with an entrenched and almost intractible attitude. It approaches the mindest that says, “go away and don’t bother us with facts—our mind is made up!”
Hundreds of ancient secular sources (as Marilyn Sams and others have shown) make it impossible for the temples to be in the popularised spot.
My objective however, in ‘THE TEMPLE QUEST’ has been to provide the incontrovertible evidence and clarity of the Bible to show where they had to stand, and indeed, did stand.
My approach is, in the words of Paul in Romans 3:4, '...let God be true.'
The images shown above are to allow the reader to compare the 'alleged' Temple Mount enclosure which was actually Fortress Antonia, housing the Tenth Roman Legion, along with another, the ruins of which still stand at Sergioplois in Syria. I have also posted an article (Click here) with further fortress sites & detail and some quotes from scholars.
Click here, or on the words Sergiopolis Map beneath the map at the top right to be taken to the Sergiopolis location on Google Earth.
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