Abstract of Parunak, H. “Was Solomon’s Temple Aligned to the Sun?”

Parunak, H.  “Was Solomon’s Temple Aligned to the Sun?”  Palestine Exploration Quarterly 110 (1978): 29-33. [Israel/Canaan/Solomon/Cosmology]

The purpose of this article is to apply spherical trigonometry to determine if  Solomon’s temple was oriented so that the rising sun on certain astronomically significant days of the year would shine through the Eastern Gate or into the Holy of Holies.  These theories that it did became popular during the first four decades of the 20th century, but apparently nobody actually engaged in the necessary “Astro Archaeology” to determine if the theories worked.  It turns out they do not.

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