The Temple Mount in the first century
Jerusalem 1st Century
The city was at the height of its glory in the days of Jesus, boasting fine Roman architecture, colonnaded streets, large water reservoirs and palaces. The focal point of the city was the temple. Herod changed the cityís landscape by expanding the Temple Mount and its magnificent architecture brought fame and multitudes to the city. This was the city Jesus knew, Jerusalem clothed in splendor.
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.