THE BIBLE UNEARTHED: THE MAKING OF A RELIGION -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
we find the sacrificial area.
The courtyard gives on to A SANCTUARY reserved FOR PRIESTS ONLY.
Beyond that, THE HOLY OF HOLIES,
with two altars and two vertical stones, representing what the bible ENIGMATICALLY CALLS the matzevah.
This temple is a place of worship like those that existed outside of Jerusalem in the 8th century.
[Israel Finkelstein] IF WHAT WE THINK ABOUT THIS TEMPLE IS CORRECT,
we have a very interesting situation of the difference between the 8th and the 7th centuries, B.C.
In the 8th century, we have temples in various places in Judah [?], including this one behind me, Beersheba, which is not far from here, and other places. Whereas, in the 7th century, they all disappear, and we have the temple in Jerusalem.