Herod’s Temple

So this is a bit outside of my usual, but only by about 1,800 years, so no biggie. Those of you who have followed my work know that my model of Herod’s Temple has been in the works for a few years now. It’s finally to a point where I am considering it complete enough to post a video of. I may do more someday, but that day, if it exists, is a long way off.

This was a difficult model to get to this point. It seamed like fixing one little thing would cause ten others to get messed up, and I am not always certain how that happened, I just know it did.

But w are here now, and I hope you enjoy this model and video!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I have it?


Can I buy it?

Not likely. It would depend on what you want to use it for, for one. You would also need to remember that it represents a huge investment in research and time, on my part, and on that of others. There are many things to consider when it comes to the use of this model.

2 Replies to “Herod’s Temple”

  1. Very well done! I can’t imagine the time this took!
    I do have some questions about why you did certain things, but I know the level of research you go through. I will ask one question, though: What is the purpose of the little ladder to a door on the upper part of the south side of the temple proper?

    1. That is a weird little detail.

      Contrary to popular belief, the temple was not a single story, except for that extra wide part at the front with the doorway. There was a second story above the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. While we are not sure if the whole space was used for anything, the portion of that second story directly above the holy place had holes in the floor around the perimeter of the room. Woven baskets were lowered through those holes with high priests in them so that they could scrub the gold walls of the holy place. The baskets were enclosed on the top, the back, and both sides, with a half wall across the front to hold the Priest in. The upper half of the front was open so that the priest could scrub out the window to the left and right, but not actually see “into” the Holy of Holies. There was a crane type apparatus, at least one, that functioned as a winch for the baskets, and was operated by what was essentially a human sized hamster wheel.

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