Good Day Every One!
It seemed that Chuck was excited to hear about the discovery that was announced yesterday here in Jerusalem – so lets talk a bit more about it!
This unearthing has been going on for about a year and a half, and what it has revealed is bits of two walls, one of which is from when the city was at its largest, about 2,100 years ago, and the other is from the Byzantine period 400 years later… And I pass by it multiple times a day.
It is located on the southern part of Jerusalem on Mt. Zion.
Who built the older wall? Probably the Hasmonean Kings just before the time of Christ. We know this because of comparison – and when you do compare you discover some very interesting points!
You see there is a tower located amidst the wall. What is left of it stands about 10 feet high. It is built on bedrock which was straightened and made level and of course is constructed of large stones that are characterized by the broad border at their edges. They have no bonding material such as plaster or ancient forms of cement between them.
The construction method used in building the tower is consistent with other bits of Hasmonean construction from that period. And the tower was part of the line of the “First Wall” that is described by Josephus. He was the Jewish historian who traveled with Titus and witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans.
During the Second Temple period it was the Temple itself that was the focal point for Jewish pilgrimage from all over the ancient world. In the Byzantine period, Jerusalem attracted Christian pilgrims who came following the footsteps of Jesus.
One of the exciting things about this discovery is that the two peoples at two periods built their outer defensive walls along the same points because of it's optimal defensive qualities for protecting Jerusalem's south.
And after all these years it is being described by the Israeli Antiquity Authority as “one of the most beautiful and complete sections of construction in the Hasmonean building style to be found in Jerusalem”.
What else can I say… Come and see! Go to: www.leseatours.com to find out more!