First Temple: Drawing of the Interior

Artist’s Rendering of the First Temple interior, unknown artist, Center for Online Judaic Studies.

Artist renderings should be based as much as possible on primary sources but often the artist uses a combination three things: primary sources, secondary sources, and guesswork. The primary source is the actual excavated site. For a rendering of the interior of the first temple there is no primary evidence. Secondary sources are composed of architectural parallels, ancient depictions and descriptions. For this drawing biblical descriptions are the only basis to build on. Guesswork often has to be used when an artist is deciding on the details of a rendering because architectural terms have often lost their meaning or changed over the ensuing centuries, and many details are absent from the biblical text.
First Temple 3

Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

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