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Tyropoeon Valley

"Tyropoeon Valley" was the name given by the historian Flavius Josephus (who was born about 5 years after Christ's crucifixion and died about 60 years later, when the Book of Revelation was written by Jesus' cousin, The Apostle John - see also Aunt Mary?) to the ravine that in ancient times separated Mount Moriah / The Temple Mount from Mount Zion / City Of David. Unlike the Kidron Valley and the Valley Of Hinnom, both of which are still easily seen today, the Tyropoeon Valley is now nearly invisible due to having been filled with a vast amount of material - including debris from the Fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D..

In early Bible History the Tyropoeon Valley was a formidable ravine that required bridges, most particularly the "Zion Bridge," to connect the royal palace of King David, and his son and successor King Solomon, with the Temple Mount. The first Temple (see Temples) wasn't yet built in the time of David, however David did make extensive preparations for it after he purchased the land from the Jebusites (and, even though David's descendants still hold the "Deed," they, for the time being, still permit the presence of a Muslim Mosque on the Temple Mount). The Western Wall of the Temple was constructed up from the Tyropoeon Valley (the Western Wall is seen in the photograph, in shadow at left, the south wall is shown brightly illuminated by sunlight at the time of day the photo was taken. Part of The Mount Of Olives, which will be "ground zero" for The Return Of Jesus Christ, is seen in the top-right of the picture).

The Procession Across The Valley

Jerusalem After Solomon completed the God-commanded construction of the Temple, The Ark Of The Covenant was moved from a tent in the City of David to the new Temple on Mount Moriah (the Temple was located in approximately the same place where the gold-topped Muslim "Dome of the Rock," as seen in the upper half of the photo, is still permitted to exist by the sovereign government of the Jewish state of Israel):

"Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of The Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of The Lord."

"Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers' houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up The Ark of The Covenant of The Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month."

"And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up The Ark. And they brought up The Ark of The Lord, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before The Ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered."

"Then the priests brought The Ark of The Covenant of The Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of The Ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above The Ark and its poles. And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside; and they are there to this day. There was nothing in The Ark except the two tables of stone [see Temple Mount Treasures] which Moses put there at Horeb, where The Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt."

"And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of The Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of The Lord filled the house of The Lord."

"Then Solomon said, "The Lord has set the sun in the heavens, but has said that He would dwell in thick darkness. I have built thee an exalted house, a place for thee to dwell in for ever."

"Then the king faced about, and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. And he said, "Blessed be The Lord, the God of Israel, who with His hand has fulfilled what He promised with His mouth to David my father, saying, 'Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city in all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that My Name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.' Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the Name of The Lord, the God of Israel. But The Lord said to David my father, 'Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for My Name, you did well that it was in your heart; nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for My Name.' Now The Lord has fulfilled His promise which He made; for I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as The Lord promised, and I have built the house for The Name of The Lord, the God of Israel. And there I have provided a place for The Ark, in which is the covenant of The Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt." (1 Kings 7:51 - 8:1-21 RSV)

Fact Finder: Why did Jesus Christ call the Jewish Temple "My Father's House"?
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