On this day in history, July 29, 587 BC... The legendary Temple of Solomon, so meticulously described in the books of Kings and Chronicles, was destroyed when the Neo-Babylonian Empire led by Nebuchadnezzar II had sacked Jerusalem. The temple was dedicated to Yahweh, and was said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant. After the fall of Jerusalem, part of the population of the Kingdom of Judah was taken into exile to Babylon. The Second Temple, before it was later refurbished by both Hasmoneans and Herod, was rebuilt by decree of Cyrus II the Great about 60 years later. Zerubbabel completed the Second Temple, but it was not as beautiful as the first and the Second Temple did not contain the Ark of the Covenant. It was remarked that as construction of the Second Temple progressed, the builders were incessantly attacked by enemies of Israel, so as the story goes, the builders held their stone-working tools in one hand, and a sword to defend themselves in the other. Jesus Christ had overturned the tables of the money changers at the Second Temple, and the Second Temple was also destroyed, some 70 years after the birth of Christ.