The temple of Eshmoun is located on the northern side of modern Saida, Lebanon, the ancient Sidon of the bible. This temple contains both roman, greek and more ancient remnants and most likely represents the ancient temple of Baal. Ancient thrones with sphinx / cherebim are on display in the national museum in Beirut from this site, and alongside examples of similar Assyrian thones with the same decorations. A throne with the same construction can be seen in the furtherest NE corner of the temple complex ajacent to the baths.

Sidon is no mean city with the limits of the city extending around 6 km to the south and around 4 km to the north. This sprawling metropolis covers around the same size of the ancient city, with Zarapheth at modern Sarafand located around 10km from the Sidon CBD to the south.  The widow of Zarapeth, referred to as “mistress of the house” or Baalat was concerned of previous sins, and maybe a reference to activities within the temple at Sidon. But as sinister as her previous actions was the remarkable faith that became legend in the time of greater apostacy in Israel under Ahab and his apostate wife Jezebel. So remarkable was her faith that it was remembered by the Lord in Luke 4 as a rebuttal to the complacency of the religious leaders of his time to accept spiritual reform.

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