David Shapira, Porch of pillars or throne room? New Reading of 1Kings 7: 6-7, Beit Mikra vol. 61 (2016), No. 2, The Bialik Institute
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Verses 6 and 7 of 1 Kings 7 describe two halls in Solomon's palace: the porch of pillars and the throne room. The conventional interpretation of verse 6 is a source of disagreements between commentators and leaves many questions unanswered. Does this verse describe one or two halls? Was there a second floor? What is the meaning of the word ?"עב" New reading of these two verses solves all questions, particularly when archaeological finds support this new reading.