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View looking north at Balogh's realistic drawing of what the southwestern corner of the temple mount may have looked like in Jesus' (Second Temple) day—looking north.
In the lower portion of the image is the archaeologically attested street that leads north along the western wall of the temple mount (on the right [east] side of the image). Along both sides of the street were shops.
Note how Balogh has painted a staircase that leads up to a platform where a gate was located to enter the Temple Mount. The "spring" of the arch is called "Robinson's Arch," after an early explorer and Benjamin Mazar has excavated some of the shops upon which the left (west) portion of the platform arch rested.
Note the two streets, one north–south and the other east–west, that join at the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount.
Some commentators have suggested that these were the shops where Jesus "cast out the money changers" (John 2:13–17; Matt 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–48), although to Carl Rasmussen, it seems more probably that this event took place on the Temple Mount itself, possibly in the Royal Portico along the southern wall of the Temple Mount
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