Herod the Great built a temple for the Jews

Herod the Great pulled down the Temple that Zerubbabel had built and put up a grander one.

Herod started to build his temple in 20BC by tearing down the Temple that Zerubbabel had built in 516BC. It took 46 years to rebuild. It was finished about AD25 see John 2:22.

So it was basically a new building at the start of Jesus’ ministry and was in the process of being built when he was presented as a baby and as a twelve-year-old boy.

Jesus in His ministry was always talking about a Temple but He was meaning His own body.

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Herod rebuilt the temple at Jerusalem and many other building projects
around Israel including Caesarea, a seaport.


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