MAP OF HEROD'S JERUSALEM
A model showing the view across Jerusalem towards Herod's Temple
A map showing the extent of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus
By the time that Herod completed building the Temple, the total area of the stone platform on which it stood was twice what it was when he started.
He had set himself two tasks:
Why didn't Herod make the new Temple bigger than it had been?
Because the dimensions of the Temple were sacrosanct. They had been laid down in Deuteronomy 23:8, and retained (except for the height) when the post-Exilic Temple was built.
Herod would not have dared depart from this precedent.
But the dimensions of the courtyards surrounding the Temple had not been stipulated, so Herod was free to enlarge them and make them suitably magnificent. The dimensions of its four sides were
It was larger than the Acropolis at Athens - double its width and 100 yards longer.
The Acropolis at Athens, which Herod must have seen
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