Monday, September 8, 2008

Wall Dating to Second Temple Unearthed

Fascinating discovery in Jerusalem:

The remains of the southern wall of Jerusalem that was built by the Hasmonean kings during the time of the Second Temple have been uncovered on Mount Zion, the Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

The 2,100-year-old wall, which was destroyed during the Great Revolt against the Romans that began in 66 CE, is located just outside the present-day walls of the Old City and abuts the Catholic cemetery built in the last century where Righteous Gentile Oskar Schindler is buried...

The Second Temple Period wall, which was built without mortar, was "amazingly" well-preserved today to the height of three meters, more than 2,000 years after it was constructed, [excavation director Yehiel] Zelinger said.

He voiced the hope that the First Temple wall would be uncovered next. (Jerusalem Post)

A second 'Wailing' Wall? It will be interesting to see if this site comes to be as revered to Jews mainly, but also Christians, as the well-known Western Wall is. The fall of Jersualem in 70 AD certainly was a pivotal moment in history, affecting the faith and lives of countless millions of two great religions. One cannot help but be moved reading Josephus' account of the terrible suffering and desperation of the Jews fighting the Romans as the Holy City burned and the Great Temple fell. If this find can be expanded upon and remnants from David's temple can be discovered as well, what a boon to archaeology this would be as well as a welcome find to this great king's spiritual descendants.


Anonymous said...

I would love to vist Jerusalem. I guess I better do it now, just in case Obama wins and Israel is attacked.