The First Temple stood over 20 stories tall (120 cubits). Josephus, the Jewish historian with Roman citizenship, states that both the Main Temple and Porch were 120 cubits tall. Why was the main tower 120 cubits tall? Possibly because the First Temple might have been built vertically.
“And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was a hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.”
DIVRE HAYYAMIM 3:4 The Jerusalem Bible, Koren Publishers (JB)
“And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, 20 cubits, and the height was an 120: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.
2 CHRONICLES 3:4 Bible, King James Version (KJV)
“So that the entire altitude of the temple was hundred and twenty cubits. Its front was to the east. As to the porch, they built it before the temple; its length was twenty cubits, and it was so ordered that it might agree with the breadth of the house; and it had twelve cubits in latitude, and its height was raised as high as a hundred and twenty cubits.”
Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, B-VIII, C-3, V-2
The porch is high and the main temple of the house is very high also. II Chron. 7:21. On this porch stood the two free standing round pillars. The pillar on the south was called Jachin and the north pillar was called Boaz. Attached upon these two pillars were ornamental pomegranates.
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