The First International Academic Conference on New Studies in Temple Mount Research


Hosted by

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 18th 2022

30 NIS in person, 10 NIS in Zoom

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3.00 pm Registration and Welcome

3.15 pm Introductory Greetings

      Mr. Herzl Makov, President of the M. Begin Heritage Center

      Mr. Eli Eskosido, Director-General, Israel Antiquities Authority

      Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, on behalf of the Academic Committee


3.30-4.30 pm Session I (Hebrew)

(Chair: Prof. Dan Bahat, Università della Svizzera italiana)

The Mount outside the House: On the Sanctuaries at Jerusalem and Bethel as Cultic Features outside Iron Age Cities

Dr. Aharon Tavger (Ariel University)

Who built the Western Wall? Dating the Expansion of the Temple Mount according to Archaeological Excavations along the Western Wall

Tehillah Lieberman (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Why did the Romans Seize the Antonia Fortress on their Way to the Temple?

Dr. David Gurevich (University of Haifa)

4.35-5.50 pm Session II (Hebrew)

(Chair: Dr. Gabriel Barkay, Temple Mount Sifting Project, Bar-Ilan University)

The Aelia Capitolina Temple Mount in Light of Finds from the Excavations from the Western Wall Tunnels and Plaza

Dr. Avraham Solomon (Independent Researcher)

The Dome of the Rock and the Kathisma Church: Iconographic Considerations

Dr. Rina Avner (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Capitals with Animal Busts and a Wooden Beam Decorated with Human Figures from the Temple Mount and their Contribution to Understanding the Iconoclasm process in the Islamic Period

Peretz Reuven (Temple Mount Sifting Project)

The Cradle of Jesus in the Temple Mount: Architectural and Artistic Considerations

Dr. Yuval Baruch and Dror Czitron (Israel Antiquities Authority)

5.50-6.45 pm Coffee and Sandwiches Break

6.45-7.45 pm Session III (English)

(Chair: Dr. Rafi Lewis, University of Haifa and Ashkelon Academic College)

The Stones that the Salvagers Rejected: Commercial Salvaging of Herodian Opus Sectile Tiles and its Impact on Reconstructing the Temple Mount Floor Patterns

Frankie Snyder, Zachi Dvira, and Dr. Gabriel Barkay (Temple Mount Sifting Project, Bar-Ilan University)

On the Location and Orientation of the Second Temple: The Archaeological, Literary and Astronomical Evidence

Prof. Joseph Patrich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Agrippa II’s Royal Triclinium and the Herodian Temple 

Prof. David Jacobson and Prof. Nikos Kokkinos (University of Oxford)

7.55-9.20 pm: Session IV (English)

(Chair: Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, Hebrew University)

The Kiln and Tile Remains of the Crusader ‘Najara Vaults’ on the Ḥaram al Sharif

Prof. Beatrice St. Laurent (Bridgewater State University)

The Throne of Jesus on Temple Mount

Prof. Jaime Lara (formerly, Yale University)

The Temple Mount in the Iron Age: New Insights from Archival Sources

Prof. Shimon Gibson (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

The Eastern Side of the Temple Mount: Topography and Site-Formation Processes in the last Millennium

Zachi Dvira and Dr. Gabriel Barkay (Temple Mount Sifting Project, Bar-Ilan University)

9.20 pm: Concluding remarks: Dr. Eyal Davidson

The Academic Committee: Dr. Gabriel Barkay, Prof. Shimon Gibson, Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, Dr. Amit Re’em, Dr. Eyal Davidson and Mr. Zachi Dvira