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Stone vase, Sea metal
This huge vase that stood on top of the acropolis of Amathus in Cyprus is the most representative archaeological discovery of the Sea of Solomon's temple.
Metal sea of Solomon's Temple is a major civil engineering undertaken by the Hebrew people.
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Vase colossal AO 22897
(VII century - fifth century BC)

H. : 1.90 m. ; D. : 3.20 m
Mission Duthoit, 1865
Sully Oriental Antiquities
Ground floor Room 21
Sea metal replaced the copper basin cell used in the tabernacle. According to Josephus, it was placed in the yard, near the \ input AA41 temple. Solomon "undertook to sea molten metal, ten bent [4.50 m] from side to side, circular around. Its height was five cubits [about 2.20 m] we had a line of thirty cubits [13.40 m] to go around [...]. It stood on twelve bulls. "- 1 Kings 7:23-26
She remained in this provision until the reign of Ahaz (713/716 av.n.è). It was he who "took down the sea from off the copper bulls that were under it, and put it on a stone floor. , "(2 Kings 16:17) perhaps to retrieve a metal to enter the tribute demanded by the king of Nineveh. L \ thickness of this huge vessel being "d \ a palm [7.4 cm]," he must have weighed about 27 tons.
After the fall of Jerusalem,
Sea copper (bronze, Thompson)
was broken, and the metal transported
Babylon. - 2 Kings 25:13
Made of molten metal (cast Chouraqu i)
she weighed more than 30 tons
two-thirds full it contained
some 44,000 liters of \ water. AA42
Performance of the temple courtyard
\ "\"
C \ 'was undoubtedly one of the greatest engineering works undertaken by the Hebrew people.
According to Albert Zuidhof AA43, the technique of casting was \ 's akin to the method of \' lost wax \ ', used especially in the manufacture of large bronze bells. It was fashioned with a wax model of the sea \ 's upside down on the mold core. The casting of a \ 's done in a continuous operation, and require \' s use of multiple interconnected furnaces for pouring molten metal into the mold. A tremendous job!
One of the greatest works
civil engineering undertaken
the Hebrew people
"It \ 's in the district of the Jordan the king [...] ran [copper utensils] in molds \ clay"
1 Kings 7:45,46
"He proceeded to sea
molten metal, ten cubits
from one edge to the other,
circular around.
It stood on twelve bulls. "
1 Kings 7:23-26

"From Tibhath and Koun, cities Haddadézer, David took a great quantity of copper. With [the metal], Solomon made the sea copper columns and copper utensils "

1 Chronicles 18:8

The Israelites knew the method of casting. It is unlikely that this process could be used without causing pollution in the form of slag or smoke. However, it is significant to note that the Israelites were sentenced later for spiritual pollution (Jeremiah 3:1-2, Malachi 1:7) and not for any physical pollution. Especially since it was a sparsely populated and remote area.
Some AA44 have seen a symbolic meaning (YHWH triumph over the waters of chaos, Psalm 89:9, 93:3) and link with "artificial sea" Mesopotamian temples. The biblical text simply says that the sea was used for purification of the priests. Vaux and wisely advised extreme caution on a different interpretation. AA45

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