Acropolis (Ivory House)

Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
(1 Kg 22:39 ).

And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.
(Amos 3:15 ).

(courtesy of BYU Jerusalem Center )

The large ashlars at the center and lower right of this photograph are the foundation stones of the "ivory house" of the Israelite kings. This extravagant palace was denounced by the Israelite prophets. Fragments of the ivory decoration of the room were found by archaeologists and are now in the Israel museum.

Last updated 21-Apr-99.
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