Throughout the course of the book, the author pays close attention to the historical developments during the period when the Second Temple stood, tying in how these developments affected the state of monumental architecture in Ancient Israel. In addition, some further historical background is given as the author surveys the history of both Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, from Solomon s Temple to the first stages of reconstruction after the Babylonian Exile and down to the splendor of King Herod. Finally, we see the events leading up to the revolt against Rome in 66 AD that resulted in the long siege of Jerusalem with excerpts from Josephus s Work of Antiquities described here in detail--the breaching of the walls of Herod s Temple, and its eventual destruction. A timely book in light of current situation in the Middle East. This title is temporarily out of print.