What are the Historical Sources for the Second Temple?

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There are five primary sources for the study of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the Temple of Herod. They are:

The Bible
The Books of Maccabees
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Mishna**

*War book 5, chapter 5; Antiquities book 15 chapter 11
**tractates Middot, Tamid, Yoma, Shekalim

These five sources along with archaeological discoveries provide us with sufficient information about the Temple of Herod during the time of Jesus.


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