Richard Nowitz

ON THE COVER: A dense network of excavated remains hugs the 900-foot-long southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Here, in the first century B.C., Herod the Great rebuilt the Second Temple on a vast, nearly rectangular esplanade. Nothing remains of Herod’s Temple; today above the southern wall stand the silver-domed El Aqsa mosque and the golden-domed Mosque of Omar. But in “Reconstructing Herod’s Temple Mount In Jerusalem,” a profusion of photographs and detailed architectural reconstruction drawings make the Temple “rise” on the great platform, along with the other major buildings, courts, gates, towers and shops that surrounded it.