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The Pinnacle

The English word pinnacle is derived from a Latin word, pinna, meaning a feather. It's used to translate the Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced pter-oo-gee-on, which meant a wing. The term is used in the Bible to refer to the wing-shaped roof or projection that was the highest point of the Temple. It overlooked the Kidron Valley (shown in the photo).

"the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the Temple"

It was from the pinnacle of the Temple that part of the "temptation of Christ" by Satan occurred.

Kidron Valley

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil."

"And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights [see also The Forty Day Fasts], He was afterward an hungered."

"And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

"But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

"Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the Temple, And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time thou dash Thy foot against a stone."

"Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

"Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee [see Who Still Rules The World Today?, also Regime Change], if thou wilt fall down and worship me."

"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."

"Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him." (Matthew 4:1-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Was the "temptation of Christ" merely a farce, or was Jesus Christ, Who never sinned, actually tempted the same as every other human?
See Could Jesus Have Sinned?


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