Solomon's Temple: Myth, Conflict, and Faith

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A highly original architectural history of Solomon’s Templeand Islam’s Dome of the Rock that doubles as a social andcultural history of the region

  • The most extensive study of the interrelated history of twomonuments, Solomon’s Temple and The Dome of the Rock, drawingon an exhaustive review of all the visual and textual evidence
  • Relayed as a gripping narrative, allowing readers to re-enterand experience the emotions and the visceral reality of the majorevents in its history
  • Integrates illustration with the text to offer a highlydetailed and accurate portrait of the major structures and figuresinvolved in the history of the temple
  • Opens up a fascinating line of questioning into theconventional interpretation of events, particularly Christ’sactions in the Temple
  • Reproduces rarely seen detailed drawings of the subterraneanpassages beneath Temple Mount as part of the British survey in the19th century

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“In this carefully researched and beautifully illustrated work, Alan Balfour places the Temple Mount within its cultural context, making a vital contribution to our understanding of the Middle East today.”
Jonathan Schneer, Author of The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

“With the skill of a master detective, scholar and architect, Alan Balfour peels away the layers of time to reveal the astonishing history of one of the world’s most significant places.”
Robert Campbell, The Boston Globe.

This work charts the interrelated histories of Solomon’s Temple and Islam’s Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem over the course of three thousand years.

Alan Balfour, a leading architectural historian, combines scrupulous research, primary documentation, and ample illustration, with an authoritative and elegant narration to chronicle the history of a place that serves as a cultural nexus of Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. He vividly re-creates the will of the players – Solomon, Herod, Christ, Paul, Muhammad – and the epic events that have been played out on this sacred ground, which continues to compel the imagination of all the religions of the book.

The book details the constructions and reconstructions from its founding into the present and the continuing struggle after the Israel–Arab wars; anticipating the future controversies about the possession and use of the site. Alongside the pilgrims, plunderers, and power brokers, Solomon’s Temple depicts the many travelers and artists who have passed through, narrated, and imagined the Temple across the millennia.

About the Author:

Alan Balfour is Professor and Dean of the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Formerly he has served as dean of Schools of Architecture in Texas and New York and was chairman of the Architectural Association in London. His writings include Creating a Scottish Parliament and books on three world cities Shanghai, New York, and Berlin. He has received numerous awards, including the Topaz Medal, the highest recognition given in North America to an educator in architecture.

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