Beautiful Gate, The

One of the gates of Herod's Temple. As it is mentioned only in Acts 3, its exact location is not perfectly clear. Scholars, however, are fairly agreed that it is the same as the Corinthian Gate of Josephus, so called because it was covered with Corinthian brass. This gate was situated on the east side of the inner enclosure at the top of a flight of 15 steps, and led from the outer court, or Court of the Gentiles, to the Women's Court, a most likely place for the scene narrated in Acts 3, as beggars were not allowed within the sacred precincts, and as all men and women entering the Temple on that side had to go through that gate.

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