The Beautiful Gate
GATE, THE BEAUTIFUL (ἡ ̔Ωράια πύλη or θύρα, G2598, the beautiful gate, or door). A gate in Herod’s Temple, q.v.
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After Pentecost, a man lame from his mother’s womb, was laid daily at the Beautiful Gate to ask for alms, and was miraculously healed by Peter and John in the name of
J. Simons, Jerusalem in the OT (1952), 371; A. Parrot, The Temple of Jerusalem (1957), 85-88.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(he horaia pule tou hierou):
This gate of Herod’s temple is mentioned in the narrative of the healing of the lame man by Peter and John in
The gate itself was of unusual size and splendor. It received the name "Nicanor" from its being the work, or having been constructed at the expense, of an Alexandrian Jew of this name. Lately an ossuary was discovered on Mt. Olivet bearing the Greek inscription: "The bones of Nicanor the Alexandrian, who made the doors."
Its other name, "Corinthian," refers to the costly material of which it was constructed-- Corinthian bronze. Josephus gives many interesting particulars about this gate, which, he tells us, greatly excelled in workmanship and value all the others (BJ, V, v, 3). These were plated with gold and silver, but this still more richly and thickly. It was larger than the other gates; was 50 cubits in height (the others 40); its weight was so great that it took 20 men to move it (BJ, VI, vi, 3). Its massiveness and magnificence, therefore, well earned for it the name "Beautiful."
W. Shaw Caldecott