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The Temple proper as reconstructed by Herod was of the same dimensions as that of Solomon, viz.: 60 cubits long, 20 cubits wide, and 40 cubits high. This space was divided into the Holy of Holies and the "Hekal." The former measured 20 x 20 cubits; the latter, 20 x 40 ("B.J." v. 5, § 5). At the entrance to the outer Temple hung a veil embroidered in blue, white (byssus), scarlet, …
· The Babylonians destroyed that temple circa 586 BC. Herod’s Temple. But in Jesus’ day, Herod’s Temple, the second temple, stood on the Temple Mount. Not as glorious as Solomon’s, but still a magnificent building. Scholars debate the thickness of the veil in Herod’s Temple–some believe it was more like a carpet, the width of a man’s hand.
In the Jewish temple, the veil served as the barrier to the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was said to be where God's presence rested and it housed the Ark of the Covenant. Only the high priest could enter this area, and then only one time per year, to make atonement for the sins of Israel (Exodus 30:10). First Kings 6:2 records that Solomon's temple was 30 cubits high. This would have been 45 feet tall. The first century Jewish historian Josephus records that Herod extended the temple…
“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” That was a long ways up there (30’), and then all the way down to the bottom (floor level). No man has a reach that great, or the strength. It had to have been someone much higher and greater than man to rip it in two. And we know who that “Someone” is. Hebrews 10:19-20 says, “Having therefore, brethren,