The Temple Mount Today
Jerusalem 21st Century
Clothed in layers of history, Jerusalem is present in biblical narratives from Genesis to Revelation, first as Salem of Melchizedek, then Jebus of the Jebusites and finally Jerusalem of David. The city has seen multiple expansions and rebuilding, three temples and two severe destructions (Babylonian and Roman). Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem in its climax, which it never reached again.
15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written:" 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.’
18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.