Monday, 24 September 2007

Solomon's Legacy

The Temple of Jerusalem was razed to the ground by the Roman Titus in 70AD, not a single stone was left standing, its sacred treasures were looted and triumphantly paraded in Rome and the city’s people massacred and carried off into slavery. Today the Temple Mount is the Haram esh-Sharif, the second most holy site of Islam, where the Temple is believed, by Jews and Christians alike, to have once stood. It is controlled by the Muslim Waqf. All archaeological research or excavation is strictly forbidden to the chagrin of the Jews and the site has become a continual source of conflict between Jews and Muslims as well as provoking the Second Intifada. Pat O’Connelly, an Irish American writer, meets Isaac de Lussac, an obscure biblical archaeologist, who believes he has discovered the solution to the enigma of the Temple, building his theory on the work carried out by the Palestinian Survey Fund founded in the 19th century by Queen Victoria’s Royal Engineers.
This is the outline of my new book The Legacy of Solomon