Josephus relates that Titus, after he had taken Jerusalem,
ordered his soldiers to demolish it, except three of the
largest and most beautiful towers, and the western wall of
the city; all the rest was levelled, so that they who had
never before seen it, could scarcely persuade themselves it
had been inhabited. The Jewish writers also inform us, that
Turnus Rufus, whom Titus had left in command, ploughed up the
very foundations of the temple. When Dr. Richardson visited
this sacred spot in 1818, he found one part of Mount Zion
supporting a crop of barley, and another undergoing the
labour of the plough: the soil turned up consisted of stone
and lime mixed with earth, such as is usually met with in
foundations of ruined cities. It is nearly a mile in
circumference; is highest on the west side, and, towards the
east, falls down in broad terraces on the upper part of the
mountain as it slopes down toward the brook Kidron.
* See on
* Jerusalem. See on ch.
9:11 51:37 2Ki 19:25 Ne 4:2 Ps 79:1
* the mountain.
17:3 Isa 2:2,3 Mic 4:1 Zec 8:3