Some contend that Mount Gerizim
is meant, but most probably we are to regard this as one of the hills of Jerusalem.
Here Solomon's temple
was built, on
the spot that had been the threshing-floor of Ornan
the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:24, 25
; 2 Chr. 3:1
). It is usually included in Zion,
to the north-east of which it lay, and from which it was separated by the Tyropoean valley.
This was "the land of Moriah" to which Abraham
went to offer up his son Isaac
). It has been supposed that the highest point of the temple hill,
which is now covered by the Mohammedan Kubbetes-Sakhrah, or "Dome of the Rock," is the actual site of Araunah's threshing-floor. Here also, one thousand years after Abraham, David
built an altar
and offered sacrifices to God.
; NUMBERING THE PEOPLE.)