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The floor of the Temple was of fir-wood overlaid with gold.

Its walls were lined with cedar, on which were carved figures of cherubim, palm-trees, and open flowers, which were overlaid with gold.

Chains of gold further marked it off from the Holy of Holies.

puts the date of the beginning of building the temple "in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel".

The conventional dates of Solomon's reign are circa 970 to 931 BCE.

The Bible describes Hiram I of Tyre who furnished architects, workmen and cedar timbers for the temple of his ally Solomon at Jerusalem.

He also co-operated with Solomon in mounting an expedition on the Red Sea.An Ivory pomegranate which mentions priests in the house "of ---h", and an inscription recording the Temple's restoration under Jehoash have both appeared on the antiquities market, but their authenticity has been challenged and they are the subject of controversy.According to the biblical sources, the temple was constructed under Solomon, during the united monarchy of Israel and Judah.There was a two-leaved door between it and the Holy Place overlaid with gold (2 Chr.); also a veil of tekhelet (blue), purple, and crimson and fine linen (2 Chronicles ; compare Exodus ).‬: Beit Ha Mikdash) in ancient Jerusalem before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem of 587 BCE and its subsequent replacement with the Second Temple in the 6th century BCE.

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