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The Quest: Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Hardcover – September 1, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Carta; 1st edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652206288
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652206282
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Spender on February 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Quest is great addition to the study of the Temple mount in Jerusalem. Packed full of information about every corner of the Temple area this is a great book for discovering historical data, reading enjoyment and learning about the Temple. Ritmeyer brings the ability of an archaeological architect who has understanding in history, Judaism, the Bible and the Hebrew language all to bear on observing details preserved in time at the Temple mount.

The work is full of diagrams, historical photos, artistic renditions and technical plans all bolstering the study of this one site. Ritmeyer attempts to explain the historical development of the Temple site from its pre-Temple location to the development of the first Temple, under Solomon, to the second Temple period all the way to the construction of the Dome of the Rock with special emphasis upon Herod's Temple. Emphasized too is his suggestion for the original location of the Ark of the Covenant.

Beginning with contemporary evidence the book moves from Herodian structures to pre-Herodian stages and back to a reconstruction of Herod's Temple. The amount of evidence and attention to detail illustrates the author's insight and adds great support to his location of the original temple. Ritmeyer's identification of the true nature of the lowest step in the set of steps at the northwestern corner of the platform is a key piece of evidence in his reconstruction of the temple site. Through the book he fits pieces of evidence together like a puzzle to show the development of the Temple Mount over time. The book is fully illustrated and enjoyable to read. There are few problems encountered although the use of technical terms are not always transparent to the average reader and there is an overuse of italics for both citations and emphasis but these are small complaints for such a helpful work. I recommend this book for any who are interested in the study of the Temple, its location, furnishings and development over time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ellen Miller on June 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are like me, I read Amazon reviews, because I am really asking, "Should I buy it?" It is not like I have an endless budget for books, so I need to pick carefully. The answer is "Yes, if you are curious or a serious student of Biblical history." This book is excellent in letting you know what Jerusalem was like and how the Temple dominated the city during the time of Jesus Christ. It clearly explains and lets you walk through the Temple as if you were on a tour. It shows how things worked and were built. The perspective drawings are excellent and let's you experience Herod's AMAZING structure. I had no idea this ancient site was so large or impressive. The writing can be a little slow and dry, but it is very readable and well organized. The best part of the book is that it is packed full of 4-color, detailed drawings, complete information about where things are so you do not get lost in a city you have never been to, and multiple color photographs of scaled, replica models with building plans in color. I bought this book for my brother who is a Bible scholar and in flipping through the book, I ended up reading it from cover to cover. So I had to buy him a new book. You can't give your brother a used present. That means I have paid twice the price for this book. It was worth every cent. It is a book I will revisit over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Wright on February 7, 2014
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I love this book! I have had my own copy for several years now--it is a permanent reference in my library. Without a doubt, THE QUEST is easily the finest singular source on the topic in the world today. Even compared to materials offered through religious Jewish communities focused on the topic of the Holy Temple, Leen's book is far and away the most authoritative analysis to date. I particularly applaud the plethora of well-crafted illustrations which are very clear and consistent. If you are new to the topic of the Temple Mount and you want information based on direct personal observation and disciplined archaeology (instead of myth and folklore) then this is your book! It is a little pricey--but trust me, it's well worth every penny, shilling, or shekel!
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