Temple talk

Mark 13:1-8

As Mark tells the story, Jesus spoke these words from chapter 13 at the end of a Tuesday just days before his crucifixion. He and the disciples were standing on the Temple Mount, gazing at one of the most opulent temples ever built. The white marble courtyard walls glistened in the bright sunshine. Massive stone columns lined the perimeter, holding up the porches that surrounded God’s great earthly plateau. The temple walls were covered with sheets of gold that nearly blinded approaching visitors. Josephus wrote that the gold on the temple “reflected so fierce a blaze of fire that those who tried to look at it were forced to turn away. . . . It seemed in the distance like a mountain covered in snow, for any part not covered in gold was dazzling white.”


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