February 16, 2016

Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 6-7)

Below is the text for the above video. I include it manly so that if anyone wants see what what verses I pulled out, or how I moved them around, they can. The text is from the KJV of 1 Kings 6-7.

1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, that he began to build the house of the Lord.
2 And the house which king Solomon built for the Lord, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits.
3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house.
4 And for the house he made windows of narrow lights.

5 ¶And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar.
6 The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third.
17 And the house, that is, the temple before it, was forty cubits long.
20 And the oracle in the forepart was twenty cubits in length, and twenty cubits in breadth, and twenty cubits in the height thereof:

23 ¶And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.
27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.
22 And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house:

31 ¶And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.
33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree, a fourth part of the wall.
34 And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.
35 And he carved thereon cherubims and palm trees and open flowers: and covered them with gold fitted upon the carved work.
48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was,
49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.

23 ¶And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.

27 ¶And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.
29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims:
30 And every base had four brasen wheels, 33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel:
38 ¶Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.
39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.
51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the Lord.


  1. Would love for the models to be made available.

    1. Because I use the models in various projects, I don't plan on releasing them. That said, I am working with virtualscriptures.org to get a Solomon's temple model that would be available.

  2. Hi, I work in the temple design department. I've been asked to print a 3D model of Solomon's temple to compare its size to that of modern temples. We use White Clouds in Ogden for this service. Would it be possible to get the model for a one time use to get it printed?

    1. Give me your email and phone number and I can contact you. Depending on what you are needing, I have several options.

    2. Daniel,
      Thank you for the reply. I discovered that the BYU movie studio VFX department has one. I'll use theirs.

      BTW, great web page.

      Craig Lofgreen

      (Don't know how Anders Pehrsson got attached to this. I thought I signed in using my Google Account. Anders Pehrsson was a Wordpress page I created more than 10 years ago. I guess what happens on the web stays on the web.)

    3. Glad you found something.

  3. This is such a great virtual tour. I'd live to show this video during my Gospel doctrine class on Solomon, but since it's on YouTube, I can't show it in class. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    1. Jim, I am so sorry that I did not respond on time. For about 4 months blogger had something wrong where it would not notify me of comments. They have finally fixed the issue (hopefully), but that is too late for your class. In the future, just email me (my contact info is on my YouTube channel under the about tab) and I can email you a link to a download version. Hope things still worked out for the class. Also, you might enjoy my two latest Solomon's temple videos (both on my channel). They are an updated and expanded version of this video.

  4. I came across this after reading 1 Kings 6 in my Bible reading plan. I was looking for a visual aid to help me picture what was described. Your video was a great help! I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to put this out there.

    1. Glad the video helped! I hope you have seen my other two more recent videos as well on Solomon's temple? They are an update and addition to this first video I did. Just search Solomon's temple on YouTube and they should both come up under my YouTube channel of Messages of Christ. If you can't find them, I can give you links as well.

  5. hello Daniel,
    this is a wonderful blog you have going on. So many information to be gathered. I'm a 3D enthusiast and plan on creating some images for my Instagram feed. I was searching online for dimensions for Solomon's temple and came across your site. Is your 3d model of the temple available? This is my email: neduboyle@gmail.com. Thank you for your knowledge of the Jewish Biblical era.

    1. Nedu, glad the information has been helpful! No, I don't release the 3D model as I put a lot of time and effort into it.


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