20BC-AD25 – King Herod the Great built a Temple for the Jews


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

King Herod the Great pulled down the Temple that Zerubbabel had built in 516BC. King Herod then started to build a new temple in 20BC. It took 46 years to rebuild and 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 Jesus was presented there as a baby and as a twelve-year-old boy.

Jesus in His ministry sometimes referred to another Temple. However, in these instances, He was meaning His own body.


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