My Hunt for Solomon’s Temple
The Internet says the ruins of the First Temple are in the South Pacific. Matthew Fishbane went to find them.
A little over a year ago, Tablet Magazine’s Matthew Fishbane was emailed a grainy video of Papua New Guinea’s Gogodala people—in grass skirts, their bodies decorated with body paint and feathers—singing the Shema, the holiest of Hebrew prayers. A few Google searches later, he’d uncovered claims that the Lost Temple of Israel is hidden someplace in the South Pacific. And so he went to investigate…
Read about Fishbane’s epic trip to the South Pacific—where he encounters self-described Melanesian Israelites with apocalyptic visions, dreamers guarding archaeological ruins of unknown but apparently ancient provenance, and a warlord who rallied an ethnic militia under the Star of David. Buy “Solomon’s Island,” a 20,000-word tale, complete with photos, videos, maps, timelines, and more, from our publishing partners at The Atavist.
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