What are the Historical Sources for the Second Temple?

There are five primary sources for the study of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the Temple of Herod. They are:

The Bible
The Books of Maccabees
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Mishna**

*War book 5, chapter 5; Antiquities book 15 chapter 11
**tractates Middot, Tamid, Yoma, Shekalim

These five sources along with archaeological discoveries provide us with sufficient information about the Temple of Herod during the time of Jesus.


Historical Writings of Herod’s Temple

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