Leen Ritmeyer er ein forskar som kjenner tempel-plassen i Jerusalem svært godt. Han meiner han kan dokumentera den nøyaktige plasseringa av Salomo sitt tempel, det som gjerne blir kalla Det første templet.
I dag står den muslimske Klippedomen på staden. Bildet viser tempelhøgda frå sørvest med gullkuppelen på Klippedomen godt synleg.
Her blir Ritmeyer si forklaring om korleis han har kome fram til denne plasseringa, gjengjeven:
Without digging a single shovel of dirt, archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer found the location of Solomon’s Temple using a keen eye, biblical and historical knowledge and a tape measure.
Later, Ritmeyer became one of the leading scholars in Temple Mount research. And it all started with one unique stone.
According to Ritmeyer, the original Temple Mount platform measured 500 cubits by 500 cubits. The “royal cubit” used for the Temple was 20.67 inches long. Later, King Herod expanded the platform on the Temple Mount doubling its size. It is the expanded, Herodian platform that tourist in Jerusalem visit today.
The current platform has two levels. Eight staircases lead from the lower level to the higher level where the Muslim Dome of the Rock stands.
Because the Muslims who control the Temple Mount will not allow excavations, Ritmeyer relied on observational skills as he search for the location of the Solomon’s Temple. And on the surface of the platform, he found his breakthrough.
At the bottom of a staircase in the northwest corner of the higher section, Ritmeyer noticed a stone with a unique chiseled edge. The stone resembled the pre-Herodian blocks visible on the eastern wall of the platform. He also noted that the stone was not aligned with the rest of the raised platform.