The Temple Complex

The Temple Complex

View looking west at the eastern facade of the Herodian Temple.

The golden door in the foreground was the “Golden Gate” that led into the Court of Women.  From there a semi–circular staircase led up to and into the Court of Israel.

Note the “balustrade” that surrounds the whole.  On this balustrade, about 5 ft. [m.] high, were a series of inscriptions in Latin and Greek that forbade Gentiles from entering into the more sacred areas of the Temple.  Paul was accused of bringing a Gentile across this barrier (Acts 21:27–29).

Note also the portico in the background—this was the western boundary of the Court of the Gentiles.

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Image from the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, p. 202. To view/use additional images from the Atlas Click Here.