Archaeological find(s) in Jerusalem
‘proves Bible passage are historically true’
Is the Companion Bible the TRUTH? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/companionbible.htm
Well; the answer to the above question is emphatically truthful; but only by studying and endeavouring to disprove it, does one become aware of its power and truthful annotations in the Companion Bible. Whether you believe it or not. It is not for me to convince you of anything, but you have to be aware of every aspect of the Bible, and of human beings, because the whole Bible from the New Testament (2 Peter 3:5—6 to Genesis 1:1 and first part of Genesis 1:2) for the Bible to make any sense, and answer the questions:
· Where do we come from? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm
· Why are we here? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm
· Where are we going? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
Very few men can readily answer, regardless of their education.
2 Peter 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
Creation in eternity past, to which all fossils and remains belong.
However; the Companion Bible begins from the beginning (Bereshith) of all things. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
God Heb Elohim (plural) Connects Him with creation. It is the Creator in relation to His creatures. https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html Athnach places the emphasis, and gives pause on “God” as being Himself the great worker, separating the worker from His work.
Genesis 1:2 (first part) And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
The earth was not created tohū (Isa 45:18), but it became tohū vā bohū, without form. (2 Pet 3:5—6 & Gen 1:2) “An enemy [Satan] hath done this.” In like manner, man became a ruin. Romans 7:18 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Genesis 1:2 (second part) And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
In Genesis 1:3 (The first command) God said, “Let there be light:” and there was light.
Bible passage describing burning of Jerusalem is historically accurate, find archaeologists excavating in Jerusalem have found burned artifacts dating from 2,600 years ago – which prove that a passage in the Bible is true. Researchers uncovered charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery while digging in the City of David in Jerusalem.
The find provides evidence that the Babylonians ‘burned all the houses of Jerusalem’, described in the book of Jeremiah. Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority found the artifacts beneath layers of rock in the City of David – along with jars with seals which enabled the researchers to date the artifacts. ‘These seals are characteristic of the end of the First Temple Period,’ said Dr Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority, ‘Used for the administrative system that developed towards the end of the Judean dynasty.’
The fire damage can be dated to 2,600 years ago – which ties with events described in the Bible.
The book of Jeremiah says, ‘on the seventh day of the Now fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.’
Jeremiah 52:15 (KJV) Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.
2 Kings 25:8 (KJV) And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
Eilat Mazar 2007 - 2011
Dr. Eilat Mazar from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem participated in archaeological digs from a young age, being the granddaughter of Benjamin Mazar who excavated the Land of Israel under the British Mandate. As a student, she participated in Yigal Shilo’s excavation in the City of David (Jerusalem) in the 1980’s. She wrote her master’s degree paper on the Ophel in Jerusalem from the Iron Age and expressed interest towards the end of the 1990’s to re-excavate the top of the City of David. Additional research she conducted deals with the Phoenician culture of the northern coastal plain. Mazar’s most recent excavation in Jerusalem (until 2011) is slightly south of the Temple Mount, in an area that she began excavating twenty years earlier. There she found a large public building, a gateway, and sections of a wall from the First Temple period, probably from the 10th century B.C.
(1 Kings 7, 1 Kings 10:24, 1 Kings 11:40, 1 Kings 11:42, 1 Kings 10).
Eli Shukron 1997 - 2012
Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority received his master’s degree from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He began his work in the City of David over fifteen years ago and since has become one of the leading experts on the archaeology of Jerusalem with vast experience yielded from numerous excavations in the city. On Shukron’s first visit to the City of David, he examined the area on which there were plans to build a visitor’s centre. The site was in the vicinity of the Gihon Spring, on the eastern slope of the hill towards to the Kidron Valley. Since that visit he began excavating that vicinity along with digging in the Tyropoeon Valley, in the Shiloah Pool and in the water drainage tunnel of the city. He worked together with Professor Ronny Reich for many years and today is sole head of the excavations.
The Pool of Siloam (Hebrew: בריכת השילוח, Breikhat Hashiloah) was a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem, located outside the walls of the Old City to the southeast. The pool was fed by the waters of the Gihon Spring, carried there by two aqueducts.
Nehemiah 2:12-15 (KJV)
12 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
13 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.
14 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.
15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so returned.
Givati Parking Lot
Present Excavation 2007 - 2012
Since 2007, Doron Ben-Ami of Hebrew University and Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority have been conducting a comprehensive excavation in the Givati Parking Lot, located in the Tyropoeon Valley, west of the entrance to the City of David. Excavation in the area had begun years earlier by Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron but was subsequently stopped. The Givati Parking Lot marks the largest archaeological excavation being conducted in Jerusalem today and is continuously uncovering different layers of the city's life from the Middle Ages and tracing all the way back to ancient times. The main finds include the basement floor of a large residential building from the end of the Second Temple period that may have been part of the royal property of Queen Helene, a queen that converted to Judaism and lived in the city during that time period. Additionally, a massive residential building (measuring about 2 dunams or half an acre) from the Roman period was discovered and inside, a gold earring inlaid with pearls and precious stones and a Roman boxer figurine, used as a weight, were found. In a nearby building which dates from the Byzantine period, 264 gold coins were discovered. The coins have been dated to 613 B C, the eve of the destruction of the city at the hands of the Persians (IRAN). Above these layers, a number of layers of settlement from the Muslim period were found.
Zechariah 12 (KJV)
01 “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel’, saith the Lord, ‘which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within Him.’
02 ‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.’
03 ‘And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.’
04 ‘In that day’, saith the Lord, ‘I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness’.
05 ‘And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart,’ ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.’
06 ‘In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.’
07 ‘The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.’
08 ‘In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.’
09 ‘And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.’
10 ‘And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.’
11 ‘In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.’
12 ‘And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;’
13 ‘The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;’
14 ‘All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.’”
The Spring House
Present Excavation 1995 - 2012
Renewed interest in the City of David was sparked in 1995, in anticipation of the celebration of “3,000 years to Jerusalem” that was planned for 1996. Ronny Reich from Haifa University and Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority began working near the Gihon Spring and later in many other areas. This excavation changed our understanding of the ancient city of Jerusalem. In the beginning, they found remnants of a very large fortress surrounding the Spring, beside a pool hewn into the rock. In the next stage they discovered that this fortress connects to the system that C. Warren found about 130 years earlier, therefore creating an underground passageway that leads to the fortress that surrounds the Spring. In the current stage of excavation, which is still underway, they identified a fortress that connects the tower over the spring to the top of the hill. This fortress is still to be researched and is not yet completely understood.
The Gihon Spring (Hebrew: מעיין הגיחון) or Fountain of the Virgin in the Kidron Valley was the main source of water for the Pool of Siloam in the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem. One of the world's major intermittent springs—and a reliable water source that made human settlement possible in ancient Jerusalem—the spring was not only used for drinking water, but also initially for irrigation of gardens in the adjacent Kidron Valley which provided a food source for the ancient settlement.
The spring rises in a cave 20 feet by 7. Being intermittent, it required the excavation of the Pool of Siloam which stored the large amount of water needed for the town when the spring was not flowing. The spring has the singular characteristic of being intermittent, flowing from three to five times daily in winter, twice daily in summer, and only once daily in autumn. This peculiarity is accounted for by the supposition that the outlet from the reservoir is by a passage in the form of a siphon.
The spring is under the control of the Israeli settler organization Ir David Foundation ("El'ad"); it is sometimes used by Jewish men as a sort of mikvah. (A mikvah is a pool of water — some of it from a natural source — in which observant married Jewish women are required to dip once a month, seven days after the end of their menstrual cycle. The ocean is a mikvah. A lake can be a mikvah.)
Genesis 10:7 (KJV) And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
There can be little doubt that King David had a palace. The Bible (KJV) tells us that Hiram of Tyre (who would later help King Solomon build the Temple) constructed the palace for David: “King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, with cedar logs, carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a palace for David” (2 Samuel 5:11). Nine years ago I wrote an article in BAR suggesting where, in my opinion, the remains of King David’s palace might lie.1 I proposed looking in the northern part of the most ancient area of Jerusalem, known as the City of David.
I was struck by this idea while engaged in other research on the archaeology of Jerusalem. I had noticed the findings of the well-known British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon, who dug here in the 1960s. In her Area H, at the northern end of the City of David, Kenyon discovered a section of a massive public structure that she considered to be part of a new casemate walla built by King Solomon. She dated the wall, on the basis of the pottery associated with it, to the tenth century B.C.E., the time of King David and King Solomon, according to the Bible. Kenyon was quite knowledgeable about Jerusalem pottery of the First Temple period, and, although she could not distinguish with assurance between pottery sherds of the tenth and the ninth centuries B.C.E., she was quite capable of distinguishing pottery sherds from those centuries (which belong to the period archaeologists call Iron Age IIa) from sherds of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E (Iron Age IIb). The pottery sherds she excavated in Area H were not of the later types. Perhaps this casemate wall, I speculated, was part of David’s palace.
In short, Kenyon did not consider the possibility that David’s palace would have lain beyond the fortification line outside the city. She knew that by David’s time, the city had already been settled for two thousand years and had been surrounded by a wall for nearly a thousand years. The city was already very cramped. Nevertheless, Kenyon put David’s palace inside the city: “David must have cleared a space within the Jebusite town, but the size of this residence is unlikely to have been great, for anything grandiose would have taken too much space within the restricted area of the Jebusite-Davidic city.”
2 Samuel 5:11 (KJV) And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.
“David went down to the fortress” when he feared an attack by the Philistines, according to 2 Samuel 5:17. Where did he go down from? This photo helps provide the answer. It is taken looking north, facing the spur known as the City of David, the oldest settled portion of Jerusalem; beyond it is the Temple Mount, where David’s son Solomon built the Temple. Marked on the photo are Area H, where Kathleen Kenyon found parts of what Mazar has now identified as a large public structure; to the south of it is the massive Stepped-Stone Structure, a portion of hillside blanketed with large blocks that must have supported a major building on the slope above it; the Gihon Spring, ancient Jerusalem’s only source of fresh water; and the Kidron Valley, east of the city. Author Eilat Mazar suggests that the Stepped-Stone Structure was part of the same complex as David’s palace. Her suggestion may seem odd at first—why would David have built his royal residence beyond Jerusalem’s fortified walls? Because there was no room within the small walled city, Mazar answers. The palace required no protection in normal times; when a threat loomed, David and his entourage could quickly “go down,” as the Bible says, to the city’s fortress a few feet to the south.
We began excavations in mid-February 2005 on behalf of the Shalem Center and under the academic auspices of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. We also enjoyed the full cooperation of the Elad Association, which runs the visitors’ center in the City of David, in which the excavation site is located. Almost from the start, ancient remains, preserved beyond all expectations, were unearthed. Surprisingly, I felt very much at ease throughout the entire excavation. Perhaps what helped me most was the recognition of the importance of what we were doing. I decided I would be silent about the palace theory. I would let the stones speak for themselves. Either they would corroborate the palace theory or refute it.
1 Kings 3:11-14 (KJV)
11 And God said unto him, “Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;’
12 ‘Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.’
13 ‘And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.’
14 ‘And if thou wilt walk in m My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.’”
The Ivory Cherub
According to the Bible, cherubs were placed in both the Tabernacle and the Temple (Exodus 37:7–9; 1 Kings 6:23–30). While the descriptions about these creatures are vague, the museum has an ivory Phoenician-style cherub from Arslan Tash (Northern Syria, ancient Hadatu) from c. 850–800 B.C. This cherub, which was probably called a kuribu in Akkadian (similar to Hebrew kerub [כרוב]), was most likely used to decorate a chair, perhaps the throne of the Hazael, king of Damascus, who is mentioned in the books of Kings, Chronicles and Amos.
Exodus 37:7-9 (KJV)
7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;
8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.
1 Kings 6:23-30 (KJV)
23 And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.
24 And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits.
25 And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size.
26 The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub.
27 And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.
28 And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.
29 And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.
30 And the floors of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without.
Exodus 25:22 (KJV) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Gathering knowledge from the Holy Bible; which is a full history of man; wherefore men, today are ignorant of the truth; while going about life as though they had all the time in the world. However; time is running out rapidly http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm and knowing where to start, and what to look for, is a matter for you.
The image portrayed on the left indicates the fall from Eden, although this has been buried so deep by the enemy, that you have to dig to find the TRUTH.
The story begins at the top left of the image which shows a painting of the ceiling at the Denderah Temple, in Esneh Egypt. The whole story of God’s Word the Bible, and the history of man from the beginning.
Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman, (Eve) and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise (Crush) thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel (Crucifixion).
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Zechariah 2:8 (KJV) For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath He sent Me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.