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Introduction Looking back at some of the earliest years of Gods chosen people we can see that worship played quite a significant role in the everyday lives of the people Until the temple in Jerusalem was built there was no real establishment or unification of the people since their captivity to Egypt Solomon one of Israels first few kings built the Temple of Jerusalem Solomons Temple was believed to be the dwelling place of God The Temple was a very complex structure and because of its destruction there is no abundance of information upon its exact design Therefore most of the information that we have today is taken from the books of Kings and also from the books of Chronicles in the Holy Bible In this paper the Biblical references come from a New King James Version of the Holy Bible In this paper we will examine the history behind Solomons Temple its structure and its downfall A Brief Introduction to Solomons Temple In the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel came out of Egypt Solomon built the Temple The building of Solomons temple lasted seven years The completion of the temple was in the eleventh year of Solomons reign Although it underwent many changes and renovations Solomons temple stood for nearly four centuries until its destruction in 586 BC The temple was considered to be a divine presence it included such things as the ark the cherubim and on very rare occasions a statue of Yahweh It also contained objects used in Gods service such as the table of shewbread and a lampstand The altar was not included with the temple building but in an open court adjoining the temple The format of the temple is laid out in the books of Kings and also in Chronicles Solomons temple was designed to be a more magnificent shrine than any other in
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