|A Greek language inscription from |
Herod's Temple, late 1st century
BCE. It warns gentiles to refrain
from entering the Temple enclosure,
on pain of death.
In 1948, Jordan destroyed the Jewish Quarter and much more of the wall was revealed along the southern side.
Although we have no biblical information regarding this enormous temple, we do know that in the 49th year of its building program, Jesus' body ("His Temple") was destroyed, (John 2:18-25). 49-years is 7 x 7, which is a Jubilee (Hebrew: יובל see Leviticus 25:10).
15 And making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade."
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
18 So the Jews said to him, "What sign do you show us for doing these things?" 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." 20 The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" –John 20:15-20 ESV