Q. I agree that the idea of the Beit HaMikdash [temple in Jerusalem] being in the city of David (Mount Tzion) has many positives, however no one putting forth Mt. Tzion as the true location in videos have mentioned 2 Chronicles 3:1, JPS TANAKH: “1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where [the LORD] appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.” This passage must be addressed and not ignored.
A. We believe that Mt. Zion and Mt. Moriah are synonymous, similar to Mt. Sinai and Mt. Horeb. As a side note, the location of Mt. Zion has been misunderstood for some time. Most still identify Mt. Zion west from the City of David, when in fact the Bible places it within the City of David. As for Zion being the location of the temple, consider the below passages:
Ps 2:6: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”
Ps 20:2: “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.”
Ps 51:18-19: “Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”
Ps 76:2: “In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.”
Ps 99:2: “Yahweh is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.”
Ps 102:16: “When Yahweh shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.”
Ps 132:13: “For Yahweh hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.”
Joel 2:1: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Yahweh cometh, for it is nigh at hand.”
Based on the above passages, there is no denying that Zion represents the location of where Yahweh dwelt. Therefore, Zion and Mt. Moriah must be the same location.
For additional information on the temple, watch Discovering the Real Temple Mount, Pt. 1: