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If we turn next to the south-east, we reach the lower course of Kidron, whose valley was eminently suitable for planting gardens. Admittedly, the Kidron valley is a wadi, with water flowing only in winter (Ant. 8.17; John 18.1), but an artificial supply which made the valley so extraordinarily fruitful was the blood of Temple sacrifices. The Temple floor was paved and sloped in particular directions, so that the blood from sacrifices could easily be rinsed away (Pseudo-Aristeas 88, 90). The channel which drained it away began by the altar (M. Midd. iii.2) and the blood of blemished offerings was thrown straight into it (M.Zeb. viii.7). This drainage channelled underground into the Kidron valley (M. Tam. iv.1; M. Midd. iii.2; M.Yom. v.6; M. Pes. v.8; M. Meil. iii.3, etc.). The gardeners bought the blood from the temple-treasurers for use as fertilizer and to use it without paying for it was to incur sacrilege (M. Yom. v.6).  - Jeremias, Joachim: Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus, p. 44

 

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thx4mercy

The animals for sacrifices were killed inside the temple?!

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Lone Ranger
On ‎8‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 3:50 PM, thx4mercy said:

The animals for sacrifices were killed inside the temple?!

The temple complex is/was very large, so I don't think that has to mean inside the actual sanctuary. Wikipedia says that Herod doubled the temple mount area to 36 acres, so previously it was around 18 acres, still pretty big.

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