An isometric reconstructionof the Tell Tayinat palace and temple.

Tell Tayinat is an 8th century b.c.e. Neo-Hittite archaeological site in southeastern Turkey.  Excavators there have uncovered a palatial complex and a temple that bears a striking resemblance the description of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 7.  Like Solomon’s temple, the Tell Tayinat temple consists of successive three rooms—a porch, a nave, and a holy of holies—and is fronted by two engaged columns. The Tell Tayinat temple is also located next to the palatial complex, just like the Solomonic temple.  It is therefore useful for typological comparison and can help scholars visualize how Solomon’s temple may have looked.      


King, Philip J. and Lawrence Stager.  Life in Biblical Israel.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.    

Mazar, Amihai.  Archaeology of the Land of the Biblical 10,000-586 b.c.e.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.   

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