Solomon's Temple construction, things you realize when no longer asleep.
konceptual99 , the courtyard was not much bigger and was surrounded by a wall. Inside the wall was an alter for burning the animals and a cistern of water. That was about it, I believe it was to be a solid copy of the tabernacle or tent complex the Jews supposedly used during their exodus that contained the Ark of the covenant. I don't believe it was ever built and if it was it was built at Tanis not Jerusalem. There are also other temples built very similarly at Arn Dara, Ebla, Emar and Munbaga.
Looking at Insight , volume 2 page pp. 1076-1083 lenght was 40 cubits , but 1King 6:2 and 2 Chronicles 3:3 stated lenght was 60 cubits.
Funny not ? One rare case when two Bible books agrees , then Insight disagre ..
Plan and materials. The temple, a most magnificent structure, followed the general plan of the tabernacle. However, the inside dimensions of the Holy and Most Holy were greater than those of the tabernacle. The Holy was 40 cubits (17.8 m; 58.3 ft) long, 20 cubits (8.9 m; 29.2 ft) wide, and evidently 30 cubits (13.4 m; 43.7 ft) high. (1Ki 6:2, 17) The Most Holy was a cube 20 cubits on a side.
According to the story, initially provided for the temple were 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver, in addition to even greater amounts of bronze, iron, wood and stone (1 Chronicles 22:14). A talent = about 34kg, so that's 3,400 tons of gold and 34,000 tons of silver, plus the other materials. Gold is 19.3g per cubic cm, and silver is 10.49g per cubic cm, meaning 176 cubic metres of gold, and 3241 cubic metres of silver. (If the gold and silver were actually either alloyed or contained impurities, the density would be lower so the volume would be even more.) David then supplies an additional 102 tons of gold and 238 tons of silver (1 Chronicles 29:3, 4). The 'princes' supply another 170 tons of gold, 340 tons of silver, 610 tons of bronze and 3,400 tons of iron (1 Chronicles 29:6-7). The temple was supposedly 60 cubits long, 20 cubits wide and 30 cubits high (1 Kings 6:2, 3). A cubit is about 44cm, so the volume of the temple (excluding the 'portico') was about 3067 cubic metres. Even if the main part of the temple were a *solid block of silver*, there would still be silver left over to put 'on top' of the 'portico', which would be a *solid block of gold* over 4.5 metres high. And there's no room for the copper and iron and stone and wood, which would have to go somewhere else.
The other thing if could not figure was how long did it take to walk to the outside of the camp of Israelites to take a dump? There was supposed to be a few million that left Egypt It would be a long walk if you really had to go bad.
The simple answer is that the 'exodus'' never happened. Aside from the story being obviously fanciful, there is no evidence at all of the Jews wandering in the desert for 40 years.
The claim that there were millions of Jews is also overstated (speculatively given as 3 million in JW literature). Even by the time of the Babylonian exile, the figures recorded at 2 Kings 24:14 and Jeremiah 52:28-30 show that the population was much lower.
So basically Solomon consumed the resources of the nation so he could live like a king. He had no concept the burden he placed on the r&f of the nation. The more I think about Solomon the more I am convinced that his level of wisdom was the exact opposite of what was purported.
"In their commentary on the Old Testament Keil and Delitzsch call attention to the large quantities of gold and silver taken in Asia by Alexander the Great: 2,600 talents of gold and 600 talents of silver from Damascus, 50,000 talents of gold and 40,000 talents of uncoined gold and silver from Susa and from Persepolis 120,000 talents of gold. (The ruins of Persepolis are located just north of Shiraz in Iran). Thus, though the quantities are very high they are not unreasonable compared to the wealth of other surrounding ancient kingdoms."