ARTIFACTS THAT PROVE
JEWISH HISTORY IN JERUSALEM
Hello my friends!
|Excavation site of City of David in Jerusalem|
I pray you all had blessing this past week and were able to send time with your families and friends looking and rejoicing at old and new photographs of times in the past. I have box of my ancestors photos that I’ve been wanting to go through again but never seem to have the time. This past week, I stood at my closet and stared at the box. It’s the closest I’ve gotten in years and the first step in actually taking it down.
Speaking of old places, I would like to share with you a few discovered artifacts in the old City of David that tie the Jewish people to Jerusalem beyond any doubt…
This excavation site goes way back to the times of King David who was written extensively about in the Bible. Specifically two clay seals were uncovered that have names written on them that are also mentioned in the OldTestament: Jehucal the son of Shelemya and Gedalyahu the son of Pashur. In the Bible, chapter 38:1 of Jeremiah speaks of these very same people: “Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people…”
Another place excavated in 2004 is the pool of Siloam mentioned twice in scripture: John 9:7 “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way herefore, and washed, and came seeing.” And in John 9:11, “He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.” The pool of Siloam was a major source for drawing water in ancient times and it and the stairs leading to it are exciting finds. These are
the very stairs that the Jewish pilgrims would take down into the pool to cleanse themselves before they began the long trek up to the Temple Mount. Also, still in the process of being excavated are those long steps that at that time were the major thoroughfare once traversed by these very same pilgrims to journey to the Temple Mount 2000 years ago.
Even an ancient coin was discovered that says in Hebrew “For the Freedom of Zion,” (Zion being another name for Jerusalem), leaving no doubt that Jerusalem was indeed a Jewish city. The depictions were constructed from the uncovered steps.
|Stairs leading down to the Pool of Siloam|
|Depiction of the Pool of Siloam and steps leading to the Temple Mount|
|Depiction of where the stairs came to the Temple Mount|
But the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) denies biblical connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount, Western Wall and by default to Jerusalem, despite the evidence. In fact they
have passed a series of resolutions to get the excavation closed because they are trying to promote that Jerusalem has significance only to Islam. It is ironic because UNESCO is responsible for protection cultural heritage through the world. Also ironically when the coin mentioned above was minted, the Jewish people would have been in Jerusalem for 1000 years, 600 years before Islam even came into the world.
|Coin found along the steps|
I think the excavation of the City of David is fascinating and the discoveries valuable to our history. I can’t wait to see what they find next!
Until next time, take care and God bless,
If you liked this study, try the books written by Willow Dressel where ancient history has been woven into novel form for entertaining yet highly accurate (due to years of research) reading. Dare to journey to ancient Babylon…