Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Temple Mount Signs 3

Ancient days...

No foreigner shall enter within the balustrade of the Temple or within the precinct, and whosoever shall be caught shall be responsible for (his) death that will follow in consequence.
--from the Second Temple, 1st Century BC

When you go through these [first] cloisters, unto the second [court of the] temple, there was a partition made of stone all round, whose height was three cubits: its construction was very elegant; upon it stood pillars, at equal distances from one another, declaring the law of purity, some in Greek, and some in Roman [Latin] letters, that no foreigner should go within that sanctuary for that second [court of the] temple was called the Sanctuary...
--Josephus, Jewish War, 5.5.2


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