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If every stone of the temple was thrown down how is the Wailing Wall still standing?

The Wailing Wall was not part of the Temple - it was part of the Temple Mount - and a giant retaining wall for the courtyard on which the Temple sat. Here is a model of what we think it would have all ...
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Who could have watched the veil of the temple tear when Jesus died?

The Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place, was separated from the outter room (the Holy Place) by the veil. Only the High Priest could go beyond the veil into the Most Holy Place, but other priests ...
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What is the source of the story about the melted gold in the destroyed temple in 70 AD?

The Mystery of the Temple's 'Molten Metals' Two recent apologists told the story, apparently independently, of molten gold seeping between the temple`s foundation stones during the Siege of Jerusalem ...
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What are Mormons allowed to discuss about the temple, when not inside the temple?

From lds.org: What can I say to others about my experience in the temple? You can talk about what the interior of the temple looks like, and you can freely share the feelings you have in the temple. ...
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Did the Herodian Temple have virgins?

The first part of The Gospel of James, an apocryphal Gospel "contains the story of the unique birth of Mary to Anna and her childhood and dedication to the temple". Similarly The Gospel of ...
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Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?

As others have noted, dates of the writing of New Testament books are disputed. Let me use F. F. Bruce's "The New Testament Documents" as my major source here. This page -- http://www.freebeginning....
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What evidence is available that Mt. Moriah is actually the Temple Mount?

The obvious answer to the question is yes, the first Temple was built on Mount Moriah. II Chronicles 3:1 says as much: Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, ...
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Why has a Brazilian church built a replica of Solomon's Temple?

The relationship is perhaps best explained by theNew York Times article to which you refer: Scholars say that the Universal Church’s promotion of Jewish symbolism in its replica of Solomon’s Temple ...
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In accordance to LDS doctrine, would Mary & Joseph need to be sealed (by proxy) in the temple?

Mary and Joseph must be sealed by proper authority (a Melchizedek priesthood holder with the authorization to perform the sealing) in order to receive the blessings of the sealing ordinance, including ...
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Did the Herodian Temple have virgins?

Did the Herodian Temple have virgins? The answer is almost certainly no. The only real support for Jewish temple virgins is found in Roman Catholic writings in support of the Catholic doctrine of ...
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Why were the apostles still going to the temple for prayer and rituals?

There are a few things to consider. First of all, the Jewish Ceremonial and Civil Laws have no bearing on US today. For example, i live in the U.S. and am a gentile christian. Therefore the laws of ...
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Is there any evidence to support Matthew's gospel account of the curtain in the Jerusalem Temple being torn in two?

James Ussher, in his Annals of the World (first published in 1658), writes: “Phlegon stated that in the 19th year of Tiberius (as Eustathius Antiochus noted in Hexaemeron) and the fourth year of the ...
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What evidence is available that Mt. Moriah is actually the Temple Mount?

Moriah is specifically named in the Isaac narrative and the temple narrative. Mount Moriah itself is said to be the location of the temple: Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in ...
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Were there any female priests in the temple?

Were there female priests in the temple in Jerusalem at any time? Definitely, Yes! Certainly the ‘priestly code’ of early Judaism assigned the duties associated with the korbanot (‘sacrifical ...
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Are incenses burned inside LDS temples like the ancient Jerusalem Temple? Why or Why not?

No, incense is not burned in LDS temples. In the temple at Jerusalem, and in some traditional Christian liturgy (such as the Catholic mass), burning incense is used as a symbol for prayer, which ...
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When did Jesus preach from inside a building?

It was the custom of Jesus to go to a house of worship each Sabbath Day and in some instances teach. One of these times was recorded in Luke 4: 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought ...
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Is Matthew 17:24 a reference to the Fiscus Judaicus?

The tradition of giving half-a shekel to the Temple of God dates back to the times of the book of Exodus, as we see at Exodus 30:11-13 (RSVCE): The Lord said to Moses, “When you take the census of ...
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Is there any evidence to support Matthew's gospel account of the curtain in the Jerusalem Temple being torn in two?

It is desirable in any important matter to have strong testimony to a fact. As a Protestant, my primary source is always the scripture and it is scripture itself which advises that one should have ...
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Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?

Raymond E. Brown says in An Introduction to the New Testament, page 164, there is wide scholarly agreement that Mark's Gospel was written in the late 60s or just after 70, and therefore the ...
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Did God still dwell in the temple while Jesus was on Earth?

2 Chronicles 5:13-14. The Glory of God Fills the Temple: In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they ...
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What is the prayer roll at an LDS temple, and how is it used?

A name is written down on a piece of paper by a patron, or office worker (if the name is called in), and placed in an envelope of sorts. This is put on the alter during the prayer circle. The words ...
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From Catholic perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil at the death of Christ?

St. Thomas Aquinas himself thinks only the outer veil was rent; he says in his Commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel: And it ought to be observed that in the Temple there were two veils, namely, in ...
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How did the early Christians and Apostles Get into the temple? Shouldn't they have been stoned by the Jews for preaching Jesus as God?

Insufficient Authority This answer sheds light on the question: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/5558/in-the-time-of-jesus-were-the-jewish-authorities-allowed-to-execute The Jews were ...
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What's the 'house of God' that god invokes in the OT and NT?

I found an article that touches closely on this subject, part of which says this: The temple in Jerusalem was called the “house of God” (Ezra 5:2) because God chose that place to be His “dwelling” ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that priests had a rope tired around them when they went into the Holy of Holies?

Constable quotes Youngblood in this regard, here [Youngblood, Ronald F. Exodus. Everyman’s Bible Commentary series. Chicago: Moody Press, 1983, p.128]The "popular Jewish interpretation" regarding the ...
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Is there consensus between Christian commentators about how Jesus came to be atop the temple when being tempted by Satan in the wilderness?

To answer the question from a Jehovah's Witnesses perspective, this question was asked by a reader of the Watchtower, and it was answered in the following way in the March 2016 study edition of the ...
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From the Reformed perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil in Matt. 27:51?

This subject is dealt with very thoroughly in The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Greg Beale. From a Reformed ...
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