I trust everybody is doing fine.
Let's talk about a couple of discovers made in the dirt of Israel this week!
Both tie right to my neighborhood here in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The first discovery was announced out in the Elah valley – a place traditionally associated with David's defeating of Goliath, and relates to the Temple here in Jerusalem.
For a while archeologists have been unearthing things they say tie the site to one of King David's fortified cities.
There is very little material to date that can be verified as coming from the Davidic Kingdom.
However now there are some clay and stone containers that have been uncovered that some academics are claiming are from the first Temple period and actually bear the symbolence of what King Solomon's temple looked like.
There is a logic there, that if this container was meant to hold something sacred, or was connected to Jewish worship at the Temple, that it depict that most important place.
The other impressive find was a stone column made from red rock lying in situ within the ground not all that far away from the Old City.
This was uncovered after the demolition of a building to make way for a new one.
What's exciting about this is that the column matches precisely to the description left by a historian who witnessed the construction of the Nea church during the days of the Emporer Justinian
This church was the largest ever built in Jerusalem. It was named after Jesus' mother Mary. It stood where the road now runs through the Jewish Quarter in the Old City. The church ran north from there and was largely built over during the reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter after the 1967 war.
All that remains visible today of this magnificent structure is the foundation to one of the naves of the church.
The historian of Justinian's day noted the red hard stone from which the church was built. From what I gather it was three stories tall with a mostly open wall to the south in order to look out to the Hinnon valley and Mt. Zion.
This newly discovered column is cut to the size that other columns were made to for the massive building.
Discoveries such as these encourage me in this Land of the Bible because it brings it's pages alive!
You too can see countless things from the scriptures if you come over here on a LeSEA tour! Why not go to: www.leseatours.com and have a look at what you can experience here in the Holy Land – the things I'm privileged to see and walk amongst daily!
Middle East Corespondent