This chapter examines the excavations in the City of David which pertain to the proposed
existence of the temples at its center. Drawings illustrate the positions where Solomon’s temple
and its expansions would have covered a growing area in different periods. Structures like the
Rock-cut pool, its interior house, and the rock columns in this area have been dated to a period
challenging the City of David theory.
Josephus’s height for the temple is tested against the height of the alleged temple
mount’s plaza and Warren’s bedrock measurements. Other evidence is compared with the
ancient descriptions, such as the excavations uncovering quarries and garbage dumps. No
counterparts have been uncovered on the alleged temple mount.
E. Mazar’s claims to have unearthed Solomon’ wall, the Water Gate, Solomon’s palace,
and David’s palace are examined and shown to have no correspondence with the descriptions of
Josephus and the Bible.