Solomon’s Mount of Corruption

2 Kings 23 records the zealous reforms of good king Josiah (r. 640-609 BC), who had been the object of prophecy some 300 years earlier (1 Kings 13). Josiah destroyed/defiled the sites and objects of idolatry both in Jerusalem as well as throughout the land of Israel. This included the desecration of the site Solomon had constructed for the worship of foreign gods (which had resulted from the influence of the pagan wives he accumulated, cf. 1 Kings 11).

The text states: “Then the king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, which were on the south of the Mount of Corruption, which Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the people of Ammon” (2 Kings 23:13).

Here is the location of har hammašḥı̂t (הַר הַמַּשְׁחִית

Mount of Corruption in Jerusalem at top. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.

The “Mount of Corruption” is a “derogatory name for the Mount of Olives, where Solomon had built shrines to Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Molech. Josiah, king of Judah is described as defiling and destroying these temples in 2 Kgs 23:13” (The Lexham Bible Dictionary).

This site also came to be known as the “Mount of Offense” as well as the “Mount of Scandal.”

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2 Responses to Solomon’s Mount of Corruption

  1. Gary Hulsey says:

    Good morning! We’re anticipating our coming trip!

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