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Author Topic: Elusive Biblical Wall Found  (Read 1305 times)

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hillsbororiver

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Elusive Biblical Wall Found
« on: November 30, 2007, 09:16:47 AM »

Neh 2:17  Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.

   
Israeli Says Elusive Biblical Wall Found 
 
Nov 30 12:11 AM US/Eastern
By REGAN E. DOHERTY
Associated Press Writer


 JERUSALEM (AP) - A wall mentioned in the Bible's Book of Nehemiah and long sought by archaeologists apparently has been found, an Israeli archaeologist says.
A team of archaeologists discovered the wall in Jerusalem's ancient City of David during a rescue attempt on a tower that was in danger of collapse, said Eilat Mazar, head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research and educational institute, and leader of the dig.

Artifacts including pottery shards and arrowheads found under the tower suggested that both the tower and the nearby wall are from the 5th century B.C., the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said this week. Scholars previously thought the wall dated to the Hasmonean period from about 142 B.C. to 37 B.C.

The findings suggest that the structure was actually part of the same city wall the Bible says Nehemiah rebuilt, Mazar said. The Book of Nehemiah gives a detailed description of construction of the walls, destroyed earlier by the Babylonians.

"We were amazed," she said, noting that the discovery was made at a time when many scholars argued that the wall did not exist.

"This was a great surprise. It was something we didn't plan," Mazar said.

The first phase of the dig, completed in 2005, uncovered what Mazar believes to be the remains of King David's palace, built by King Hiram of Tyre, and also mentioned in the Bible.

Ephraim Stern, professor emeritus of archaeology at Hebrew University and chairman of the state of Israel archaeological council, offered support for Mazar's claim.

"The material she showed me is from the Persian period," the period of Nehemiah, he said. "I can sign on the date of the material she found."

However, another scholar disputed the significance of the discovery.

Israel Finkelstein, professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, called the discovery "an interesting find," but said the pottery and other artifacts do not indicate that the wall was built in the time of Nehemiah. Because the debris was not connected to a floor or other structural part of the wall, the wall could have been built later, Finkelstein said.

"The wall could have been built, theoretically, in the Ottoman period," he said. "It's not later than the pottery—that's all we know."



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Matt

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Re: Elusive Biblical Wall Found
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 07:48:37 PM »

Awesome!  These are the kind of things that not only further validate the bible, but they help bridge the gap between me and my wife (it gives us something to agree on since she can not see many truths yet)!

Thanks for the article!
Matt
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hillsbororiver

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Re: Elusive Biblical Wall Found
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 01:09:08 PM »

Hi Matthew,

What I found to be helpful is finding subjects the churches do not make much mention of and use those topics to discuss spiritual things, this way we are not approaching anyone with the "everything you believe is wrong" conversation stopper.  ;)

Little Eureka! moments might open avenues to bigger and more profound moments for those we find ourselves conversing with on spiritual matters.

His Peace and Wisdom to you,

Joe 
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