555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

76. Why Was the Temple Built in Jerusalem?

In II Sam. 24:16-25 we learn how the threshing floor of Araunah came to be chosen for the site of an altar of commemoration and sacrifice. Moreover, Scripture and Jewish tradition unite in pointing to that threshing floor as the spot upon which Abraham prepared to offer Isaac (although some eminent authorities have disputed this). Read also the account of the purchase of the site from Oman (Araunah) in I Chron. 21:26-28; and in the next chapter (I Chron. 22:1, 9, 10) which shows how David had a divine revelation that his son should build the temple there.