Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Tour of the Temply By Rabbi Yoav Elan
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Gates of the Temple Mount

Class 3

A five-sided gateway of the Temple
   In each wall of the Temple Mount were one or more gateways, all of which conformed to a standard size of 10 cubits wide by 20 cubits tall (15 feet by 30 feet). Instead of a traditional frame consisting of three parts (i.e., two doorposts and a lintel) the Temple gates had additional diagonal elements connecting the doorposts and lintel, resulting in a frame of five parts. 

   Jerusalem was located primarily to the south of the Temple and the majority of the population entered the Temple Mount from that side. To accommodate the large flow of pedestrian traffic two gates were built along this side, spaced evenly across the 500-cubit (750-foot) length of the Temple Mount. These were known as the Chuldah Gates, named after the prophetess Chuldah who delivered her prophesies to the masses just outside the southern wall of the Temple Mount during the First Temple era.

   Centered in the western wall of the Temple Mount was the Kiponos Gate. The name Kiponos may represent a contraction of the Greek words kipos (garden) and ponos (work or toil), meaning working the garden, a reference to the garden located just inside this gateway. In this garden, which occupied the area between the western wall of the Temple Mount and the western wall of the Courtyard opposite the Holy of Holies, the Kohanim cultivated all of the ingredients used in compounding the incense offered daily in the Temple.

   In the northern wall of the Temple Mount was the Tadi Gate. This gate was unique in that its lintel was not flat but consisted of two stones leaning against each other at an angle such that the top of the gate resembled a triangle.

   In the eastern wall of the Temple Mount was the Shushan Gate, so named for the depiction of the city of Shushan which appeared over the mantel of this gate. Shushan was the Persian capital which had hosted the Jews during their exile following the destruction of the First Temple. In appreciation of the ruling power and as a symbol of their allegiance, the Jews placed the Persian emblem over this gate in the rebuilt Temple.
_______________

For more information on this topic, and to submit questions or comments for the author, please visit the blog post of this class.



 

ARTICLES ON YISRO AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

Whose Torah?
Shlomo Katz - 5761

To Capture a Feeling
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Protective Shield
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

An Investment In Our Future
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Recognize the value of others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Importance of Trees
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

ArtScroll

Planting Our Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Mixed Emotions
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5765

When the Soul Supply Ends...
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Chosen People
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Just Follow Orders: Advice for the Gabbai; Advice for the Jew
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Man over Moses
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

> It Will Be Good For You
Shlomo Katz - 5767

Ten Commandments: Ten of the Best!
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

The New Year for Trees
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

A Thing or Tu 'bout Shvat
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information