This is a 22 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Religion – Jewish History – God’s Earthly Dwelling Place – The Second Temple. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides and to the presentation as you need to.
Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed Solomon’s Temple after the Siege of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. This event initiated a period, called “The Exile” period which came to an end when King Cyrus of Persia conquered the Babylonian empire in 539 BCE. Cyrus permitted the Jews to return to the land and rebuild their Temple. Led by the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, the Second Temple was built on the same site as the first. Upon completion sacrifices to God were once again resumed.
During the 1st century BCE, Herod, the Roman appointed head of Judea, made substantial modifications to the Temple and the surrounding mountain, enlarging and expanding the Temple. The Second Temple is also known as Herod’s Temple. Like the First Temple, it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, following the failure of the Great Revolt.
Very little is known about the details of the Temple other than religious sources. The New Testament, the Mishna, and the works of the Judeo-Roman historian Josephus provide the bulk of our knowledge of the Temple. These in association with archaeological evidence at the site all point to a building so wondrous that even today its construction remains a mystery.
It was Herod, set about renovating the city and the Temple. Before work began on the Temple, Herod spent 8 years stockpiling materials for its construction. Then, a workforce of over 10,000 men began its construction including a contingent of 1,500 specially trained priests who were the only ones permitted to work on the innermost and holiest parts of the Temple. Building continued for another 20 years, though the Temple was in a sufficiently ready state within 3.5 years of its commencement to be dedicated.
The Second Temple was not only awe inspiring because of its religious significance, but also for its physical dimensions, its grandeur and its beauty. As the Roman generals were surveying Jerusalem and considering the Temple’s future many did not want to order its destruction, but they did. Jews, from that day to this, have yearned and prayed for its rebuilding, and tourists and religious people alike have come to behold the site on which it once stood.
The presentation covers the following:
The Second Temple
Herod’s Temple Cutaway
Exquisite Workmanship (2)
The Ritual Bath
The Temple Itself
Visiting the Temple
The Holy of Holies
The Water System
The Site Today
End of Presentation
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