I agree to that. My problem is the link of 2:127 with the Temple mount. I dont think the link with sacrificial area and temple mount was a general thing.
Temple on the Esplanade is destroyed.The place is empty. In Late Antiquity it is a known thing that this place was the place of the Temple. One cannot see how to be otherwise, Jerusalem being the centre of the Christian world, from Morroco to the Tigris.
Arrives people who seen themselves as the sons of the one who was lead there by God (according to the Biblical tradition at that time) that they knows it because it is in their minds since ages now (see above posts).
And at once they arrives, they run to the empty Temple Mount.It would have been so spectacular that observers note it.
They have text which recounts to them that their direct ancestor, Abraham with its Arab son, Ishmael, (re?)- build a House of God. And that have before their eyes the empty place. It is a human thing to identify himself to his great ancestors. They "rebuild" the destroyed House where it was, except that it become their house as in the texts Ishmael, (not Solomon) was staging too building it.And Ishmael as much as Abraham is their ancestors.
Gallez is right on this. That is my thinking. The sources giving the possibility of the reason they did it are there. You just need your brain to connect them.
It isn't now, but was it in the 7th C?
In Late Antiquity it is a known thing that this place was the place of the Temple. One cannot see how to be otherwise, Jerusalem being the centre of the Christian world, from Morocco to the Tigris.
If you can't prove it for the Arabs, can you prove it for Jews or Christians?
Academia is your friend about the awareness of the Temple place in Late Antiquity.
Did they in general, or some groups specifically, associate the temple Mount (moriah) with the place Isaac was set up to be sacrificed.
Not necessarily the Arabs arriving in 637, but possibly.Jewish tradition did. The Arab knows the historical event of the Temple destroyed because this history has became theirs as they were son of Ishmael as told them Jews. Q 2,127 recounts that Abraham and Ishmael built a House of God. There, in the place of the destroyed Temple, as sons of both they felt legitimate to build plus Q 2,127.
We know the translators of the Septuagint didn't see the link. We know that the Septuagint is often a more faithful content of the original Hebrew Bible than the Hebrew Bible we have now.
The translators of the Septuagint translate not only for Jews but also for Greek authorities. That is why they euphemise and change what they want. One does not have (to my knowlege...)the Hebrew text on which they work.The Septuagint is put aside by the Jewish intellectuals after 70.
So Altara, give me something substantial that indicates that the Arabs, Jews or Christians saw the sacrificial place as the Temple Mount.
I (personally) do not know a "sacrificial place" in Jerusalem; I only know the Temple Mount on wich there was an esplanade where there was the Temple (where of course there was sacrifices...)