There is controversy as to what this term originally meant. I believe that it referred to an ancient stone relic that was used as a low pedestal and that only in late antiquity was it taken to refer to al-Sakhra. Thus, Mishnah Yoma 5.2: “After the Ark was taken away, a stone remained there from the time of the early Prophets, and it was called ‘Shetiyah.’ It was three finger-breadths above the ground. On this he used to put (the fire-pan).”