Soreg, Middle wall of Partition, Herod’s Temple, Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Biblical Geographic

Istanbul Archeological museum:  Greek:  „No intruder is allowed in the courtyard and within the wall surrounding the temple. Whoever enters will invite death for himself!“

This was a warning stone placed in the partition wall of the Herodian temple at Jerusalem. The wall was designed to partition access to the area for worship preserved for the Israelites, and separated access from the gentile. This was a literal interpretation of the intent of Num 1:51: „and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death„. The wall or „soreg“ was described as being 3 cubits high by Josephus (1) Along the top of this wall at regular intervals were placed stones, an example seen in the photograph above. Interspaced was lattice-work or „a reticulated fence of sticks“ ten hand-breadths high (7) which was perforated…

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