A huge temple complex is said to have been in operation just outside Jerusalem between 900 to 500 BC. Located in Tel Motza, the complex is about two-thirds the size of the Temple that stood in Jerusalem. And its proximity to the Holy City, just seven kilometers (4.35 miles) from the Temple of Solomon, is significant.
Archaeologists working at the site believe it to be a local branch of the main Temple, a position supported by the fact that it’s layout and architecture are very similar to the shrine that sat atop Mount Moriah.
But the archaeologists’ assertion runs contrary toDeuteronomy 12:11-14:
“…then to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, and all your finest vow offerings that you vow to the Lord. And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male servants and your female servants, and the Levite that is…