Amid UNESCO rulings in recent weeks that attempt to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed the discovery of a very rare, ancient papyrus bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem - in Hebrew.
Given the ancient history of the land of Israel, whenever new construction requires removal of even a few feet of earth from the ground’s surface an archaeological discovery of some kind is usually made. And so it happened when Jerusalem’s “third wall,” dating back to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70, was uncovered.
KNI reported on the discovery of an extremely rare gold coin, depicting the Roman Emperor Nero, which was none of the above. It was found just outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Mount Zion and dates back to the middle of the first century. Now, after further testing and studies, more has come to light about the coin.
Israel’s Antiquities Authority (IAA) confirmed they have found the site in which the Romans breached the Second Temple in Jerusalem. They also announced they have found significant evidence proving the existence of the protective “Third Wall” of the Second Temple.
An ancient gate, dating from the eighth century BC, has found its way into today’s headlines and archaeologists believe it could be evidence that King Hezekiah "removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles” as described in 2 Kings 18:4.
A 2,000-year-old scroll was sitting in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades that was too brittle to open, now new technology is revealing what is written inside, showing actual scripture from the book of Leviticus.
Second significant find from Second Temple era in Jerusalem in the past week; Coin featuring Nero found near Jerusalem’s Mt. Zion.
An archeologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found a scale weight that belonged to a high priest from the Second Temple period, 70 A.D., during an excavation in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Find is first synagogue discovered in Galilee region and is believed to have been site where Jesus taught.
Excavations at Tel Rekhesh, near Mount Tabor in Lower Galilee have unearthed remains of a 1st Century synagogue this month which may have been one of those referred to by the gospel writers in which Jesus preached during tours of the towns in the Galilee (see eg. Matthew 9:35).