Temple Mount’s Dome of the Rock Proof of Dangerous Islamic ‘Replacement Theology’

The Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. (Alexandra Lande / Shutterstock.com)

“Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

Isaiah 56:7 (The Israel Bible™)

(SOURCE)   By March 16, 2017

The conflict over the Temple Mount is a clear manifestation of Islamic replacement theology, a noted archaeologist told the Knesset on Wednesday. It is the site’s holy status in Judaism that is the basis of Islam’s interest, and this phenomenon has been seen throughout history, with Islam appropriating major Christian sites as well.

Asaf Avraham, former director of the Jerusalem Walls National Park of the Parks Authority, addressed the newly formed Temple Mount Heritage Foundation headed by Rabbi Yehudah Glick (Likud) and Shulamit Mualem-Rafaeli (Jewish Home). Avraham explained that the Islamic connection to the gold-capped Dome of the Rock, and indeed the entire Temple Mount Compound, is based on the sanctity of the Jewish Temple that previously stood on the site.

A model of the Second Holy Temple (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Avraham based his claim on thousand-year-old Arabic writings he discovered in the Muslim village of Nuva, located next to Hebron. The writings refer to Sachrat Beit El Maqdis, which translates to ‘Rock of the Holy Temple’.

“This was one of the names of the Dome of the Rock in early Islam,” Avraham explained in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “This is of the evidence from early Muslim literature which defines the Dome of the Rock as Beit El Maqdis (Beit Hamikdash – ‘Temple’ in Hebrew)”.

Avraham’s claim stands in direct contradiction to UNESCO resolutions passed last summer which effectively erased any connection between Judaism and its holiest site.

“There is no doubt that the original source of the place’s holiness is the Temple,” said Avraham. “When Muslims arrived in the seventh century, and probably even before that, they absorbed the Jewish faith which then entered the Muslim faith. You see it in the Koran which is heavily laden with Biblical stories.”

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