This painting depicts Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem as it might have looked during Jesus’ lifetime. Al Rounds’ paintings are characterized by “[t]he size, historical significance, and accuracy of the architectural landscapes he creates,”1 and this image is a good example of this. Rounds has used the Savior’s point of view for this painting, as the perspective “powerfully captures the view that the Savior would have had of Herod’s Temple from the Garden of Gethsemane the afternoon of the Atonement.”2 The olive trees in the foreground hint at the suffering Christ will endure in Gethsemane while he atoned for mankind’s sins.
The title of this painting comes from the Savior’s words describing the temple during His earthly ministry. When Jesus cleansed the temple of moneychangers, He said, “Make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”3
Further reading: “Holy Temples, Sacred Covenants”
- John 2:16