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Reading the Old Testament of the Bible frequently results in encountering contradictory accounts which may confuse the reader, and may raise doubts about the credibility of the text. In this book the author analyses the historical, geographical, andMoreReading the Old Testament of the Bible frequently results in encountering contradictory accounts which may confuse the reader, and may raise doubts about the credibility of the text. In this book the author analyses the historical, geographical, and biographical material of the Bible in an effort to resolve some of these issues. Here is an example:Biblical scholars believe that the name of the Judean King who reigned in Jerusalem at the end of the ninth century BC was Joash (836-798 BC). According to the King James version of the Bible, the repairing of the house of God occurred in Joashs era (2 Chronicles 24:27). However in the New Oxford Annotated Bible this statement appears as: the rebuilding of the house of God. A more accurate translation of this verse in the Hebrew Bible is: the founding of the house of God. After multiple excavations in Jerusalem, carried out over the past 150 years, archeologists have concluded that prior to Joashs era, Jerusalem was a small village with no noteworthy buildings that could be described as a sizeable temple or a palace. This conclusion implies that the Biblical information in the Hebrew version of 2 Chronicles 24:27 is credible.The Lords temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian King Nebuchadrezzar II in 586 BC, but a few years later, with the encouragement of the Persian King Darius I, a new temple was rebuilt during the reign of Zerubbabel (520-515 BC). The width of the new temple was sixty cubits and its height sixty cubits, and according to Haggai (2:3), it was as nothing in comparison with the splendor of the previous temple in Jerusalem. It must, therefore, be concluded that the dimensions of the pervious temple in Jerusalem were considerably larger than those of the new temple.In contradiction to this Biblical information, it is generally assumed that the temple in Jerusalem was built 150 years prior to the reign of King Joash, by King Solomon. Yet, according to 1 Kings 6:2, the width of Solomons temple was only twenty cubits and its height thirty cubits, and therefore, Solomons temple was much smaller than the one built during the reign of Zerubbabel. In addition, the only independent Biblical verse that suggests that Solomons temple was built in Jerusalem is 1 Kings 8:1 (copied with variations as 2 Chronicles 5:2). The analysis of this verse reveals several problems:1. While in Exodus 3:16, Numbers 11: 16, 30, and Joshua 24:1 we read about the gathering of the elders of Israel, the only time that the elders of Israel were assembled and not gathered appears in 1 Kings 8:1. The use of the word assembled in this verse is odd, because as a rule the verb assemble is employed in the Bible to mean the bringing together of the Congregation (13 verses), the People (4 verses), the Assembly (4 verses), All of Israel, All the people of Israel, All the Tribes of Israel, the House of Judah or of the Jews (12 verses).2. The grammatical style of 1 Kings 8:1 is unusual and the statement to King Solomon Jerusalem seems out of context. It should be noted that some effort to correct this awkward statement appears in 2 Chronicles 5:2.3. Verse 1 Kings 8:1, appears as an introduction to chapter eight and its information is mostly redundant.This analysis suggests that 1 Kings 8:1, may be not a genuine verse, but rather an addition inserted by a later scribe. As this verse, which is the only one to suggest that Solomons temple was in Jerusalem lacks credibility, we need to consider the possibility that Solomons temple was not in Jerusalem but in another location. In the present book it is suggested that Solomon erected his house for the name of the Lord in Yeha (Latitude 14,2500, Longitude 38,9667, Altitude 6978 feet).