[This is an interesting article on many levels. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the author has also researched this topic and is recommending reading Asher Kaufman - and his research is fascinating and worth reading. Additionally we the Oslo peace accords being temporarily shelved, and many of us watch with anticipation to see if this will be the covenant that is 'confirmed' (Daniel 9:27). Below is the article in full:]
Slowly the sands of time have been trickling through and I believe that the Jews are going to rebuild their Third Temple in Jerusalem very soon.
On the Temple Mount there are NO archaeological digs going on because the Muslims will not permit it. But extensive excavations have been made around the outer perimeter of the area and under the Temple Mount site. In this light, Scientist, Scholars and Archaeologist have come up with 3 main theories/sites as to where the Temple should be rebuilt.
The theory that I will look at in this article is the Northern site or referred to as the Kaufman theory. I hope to look into the other theories in later issues.
In the Early 70’s a man named Asher Kaufman published a very interesting theory. After studying evidence proposed by a Dr.Bagatti (His theories are for a Southern Site) and other evidences, Asher Kaufman identified the section of this wall, seen by Dr. Yeivin, as the eastern wall of the Temple’s Court of the Women.
Furthermore, a passage from the Mishneh Torah by Rambam quotes Jewish Talmudic writings from the times before the Temple in 70 AD being destroyed. Eyewitness declare that the Temple was not built in the center of the temple mount (location where the Dome of the Rock is) Rambam states that” the Temple Courtyard was not situated directly in the center of the Temple Mount. Rather, it was set off farther from the southern wall of the Temple Mount that from the wall of any other direction” The reason is because worshipers would normally enter and exit from the southern Hulda Gate. The people needed room to congregate on that area. Rambam continues to quote sources that declare that the Temple itself was situated directly opposite the Eastern Gate in the northern part of the Temple Mount. (1)
” These five gates were placed in a strait-line” from the Eastern Gate into the entrance hall of the Holy of Holies. These gates were as follows” the Eastern Gate, the gate of Chayl, the gate of the Women’s Courtyard, the gate of Nicanor and the gate of the entrance hall. So if the temple was built on flat ground, one would have been able to see through all the gates at once” (Mishneh Torah, Commentary Halachah 5 and 6) (1)
Over a century ago there were some archaeological digs conducted by the British, these digs and surveys produced some other very relevant new discoveries. When this evidence is looked at in conjunction with Kaufman’s, the pieces start to fit. Of importance was a particular rock mass near the Northern steps leading up to a small Muslim Cupola on the Temple Mount.