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Re: Leontopolis Temple
I must admit not having studied Petrie, but my impression has also
been that his identification of the Oniad temple was highly dubious.
As I recall that is also Gideon Bohak's view in the book Bob mentioned.
Are you suggesting a more positive evaluation, Ed? I'd be interested
in an assessesment by an archaeologist.
> Regarding the Leontopolis temple, Bob Kraft mentioned some archaeological
> explorations about a century ago:
> Perhaps he was referring to Petries' findings. He located the temple site
> on a artificial mountain a short distance from Heliopolis. His
> reconstruction shows the builders attempted to duplicate not only the
> Jerusalem temple layout, but the topography of Moriah as well. He has a
> fascinating reconstruction (except he misidentifies the Altar as the
> foundations of an Antonia-like fortified tower defending the site). It's
> worth looking at if only for the curiosity value.
> See _Hyskos & Israelite Cities_ by W.M. Flinders Petrie, LN:Office of
> School of Archaeology, 1906. At UCLA-URL it's in section DT57.
> Edward Rapka
Al Pietersma, Near Eastern Studies
University of Toronto