A low balustrade (railing) separated this section from the COURT OF THE PRIESTS, accessible only to the priests and Levites who served in the temple. At the center of this court was the great horned ALTAR OF SACRIFICE with a ramp leading to the top, and the lavers of cleansing were also here. Twelve steps on the west side of the Altar led to the entrance hall of the Temple, and from these steps the priests blessed the people; here too, dumbstruck Zacharias beckoned to the people (Luke 1:22). See The Sanctuary
Gal 4:4 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law"
The Court of the Gentiles was the outermost court in the Jerusalem Temple during the time of Jesus. No gentile or non-Jew could proceed any further into the inner temple areas, and even Roman citizenship did not protect a Gentile who intruded into prohibited areas.
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