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Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Allow me the liberty to post images from Ragette Frankensence -
The original site configuration based on Weigands German archeological report: This complex is built over an ancient altar site dating back several millennia. Earliest settlement occurred around 7000 BC. This site is Canaanite in origin. The altar marks the location where the Canaanites believed the nefilim came to the earth. In the Judeo-Christian belief this is where Satan was cast down. The Arabs also have a belief something came to earth here.
Re: talking about the nefiliim coming down; this was also said about Petra in Jordan - known as "the place of the descent" i heard (maybe there was more than one 'landing site?'). Petra also has massive doorways/ruins.
Originally posted by frankensence
There are several modern humans that have achieved remarkable heights, I beleive the tallest was 11.5 feet, from the Guinness book of records. Of course these people were pathological (disease or glandular problems), but they could still move around on their own.
Now the real question is, the extent and history of the canaanite temple and terrace, and how did Solomon interact with it (rebuild, replace, or expand?)
The Ramtop/Doug Weller information seems to be completely incorrect in regards to Baalbek, but then I guess it depends on WHERE you are sampling the terrace construction.
Frankensence: the "t" shaped terace is the orignal terrace that is depicted in Blackmarketeer's post/images above, it had a Canaanite temple at the Western edge facing east, and a wider "court" that held an open altar. Thus the temple was the stem of the "t" and the wider court the top bar of the "t". The Romans expanded the terrace to the east, and expanded it to the south (tho they left the original Canaan/phoenician stonework exposed).
Another line of stones was placed by the Romans along side this wall in their attempt to expand the podium (they are easily distinguished from the older stones by the Romans use of the Lewis holes).
I'm using a close quarry site, it's where the "stone of the south" is located,
being that it is also the largest stone ever quarried and weighs more than any of the three trilithons, I figure it's as good a candidate as any for studying possible routes to the western wall. My description is accurate,
and unless there is an undiscovered stone causeway,
how would they have dragged or rolled this stone to its final destination?
It makes little difference if the quarry is slightly higher in elevation if there's a ravine or downward slope then upward climb back to the wall.
Even taking a more northern route would necessitate lifting the stone over the rim that surround most of the quarry (see photos). No matter how you go, you're still lifting the stone. Secondly, there would also be a good bit of turning needed to position the stone, and with the idea of using rollers the turning radius would by immense.
So clearly the original builders weren't using narrow pathways. If a stone causeway did once exist who removed it? Did the Romans remove an earlier Canaanite causeway? Did the Arabs remove a Roman causeway?
The western wall is also preserved as a pre-Roman phase. The DAI did clear all the stone work from the top of this wall which includes the famous trilithons. What they uncovered was NO Lewis holes (eliminating the Romans as its builder). They then reconstructed the wall as they found it.
the buildings from the pre-roman period forming a gigantic T-shaped terrace, which was later used as foundation of the temple of Jupiter
THE EMBOSSED QUADERS
Aside from the incased trilithon, the attention of the visitor to Baalbek who inspects the wall of the acropolis is drawn to stones of a bossed shape with an indented rim on all four sides of the face of the stone.
O. von Richter in 1822 60 and S. Wolcott in 1843 61 drew attention to the fact that the quaders of the wall of the temple area of the acropolis of Baalbek have the same form as the quaders of the Temple of Solomon, namely, of the surviving western (outer) wall, or Wailing Wall. The Roman architects, wrote Wolcott, never built foundations or walls of such stones; and of the Israelite period it is especially the age of Solomon that shows this type of stone shaping (chiseling).
The photograph of the outer wall of Baalbek’s temple area illustrates that the same art of chiseling was employed in the preparation of stones for its construction. Whatever the time of construction of other parts of Baalbek’s compound—neolithic, Israelite, Syrian, Greek, or Roman—this fundamental part of the compound must have originated in the same century as the surviving (western) wall of the area of Solomon’s temple.