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Ain Dara

Ain Dara

Ain Dara is a large (60! acre [24 ha.]) tell located in northwestern Syria—40 mi. [65 km.] northwest of Aleppo.  It was occupied from the Chalcolithic (fourth millennium B.C.) to the Ottoman period (A.D. 1517–1917).

One of the most interesting group of finds are a series of temples that existed from roughly 1300 to 740 B.C.  John Monson (see below) has argued that this temple exhibits over 60 parallels to Solomon's Temple as described in the biblical text (1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 3).

The temple was excavated by Ali Abu Assaf in the 1980's.

Images in this section are courtesy of Mark Connally.

Monson, John J. “The New 'Ain Dara Temple: Closest Solomonic Parallel.”Biblical Archaeology Review vol. 26, no. 3 (May/June, 2000): 20–35, 67.