Not One Stone Left On Another?

(Not One Stone Left On Another?) Bible Question.

Question:

“When Jesus was talking about the temple (Matthew 24), He says not one stone will be left upon another. If this is true, then how is the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) supposed to be part of the original temple?”

Answer:

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down. (Matthew 24:1, 2 , New American Standard Bible)

The stones of which Jesus spoke were the stones set in place during the rebuilding of the temple by King Herod (including the western wall), which is more commonly called “the Wailing Wall”.

What Jesus was saying, in the vernacular of the day, was that the temple would be destroyed when the Romans would lay siege to the city of Jerusalem. Of course, history records that this is exactly what happened. But that doesn’t mean that each stone would be completely separated from every other stone. His language merely says that the walls would be destroyed, and that was done.

How, then, is the Wailing Wall still intact? That is really rather simple. It has been rebuilt, when the “old city” was rebuilt in fifteenth century. Obviously, they did not go out and quarry new stones, but used the ones that were already there. They just put them back into place. Parts of that western wall are part of the wall that was there in Jesus’ day, especially that part of the wall that was underground (for foundation). But that does not nullify what Jesus said would occur, for the wall was destroyed.

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