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Archeological Mystery Solved: Discovery of a Second Temple-Period Quarry in Jerusalem

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Archeologists working in Jerusalem have struggled to understand the mystery of the huge stones used in building momentous construction projects during the Second Temple Period. Now, for the first time, the source of the enormous stones used to build...

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:33 am
"As far back as can be remembered, archaeologists working in Jerusalem have struggled to understand the mystery of the huge stones used in building momentous construction projects during the Second Temple Period. Now for the first time, the source of the enormous stones used to build Jerusalem has been exposed.

Salvage excavations recently conducted by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem have exposed a quarry that is believed to have supplied massive stones for the construction of the Temple Mount...."

Lee Hampton (15)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:38 am
The Muslims in Jerusalem (and elsewhere in the world) like to pretend that there was no Jewish presence or Temple(s) in Jerusalem, where the Al Aqsa mosque now sits, built several hundred years after the destruction of the 2nd Temple by the Romans. They aren't going to like this report....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:45 pm

OrthodoxDarwinist 1 year ago

"Western scholarship has invented ancient Israel and silenced Palestinian history." -

g d c (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:21 pm

Debra Holliday (38)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:34 pm
Great news! Always love finding PROOF of Israel's existence in the Holy lands from ancient times. It is outrageous for any group to deny any true history of a people anywhere in the world. Thanks for sharing this story, Beth!

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:09 pm

Jay S (116)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:42 am
Thanks for this. We love archaeology and this is one of the centers of human development in the world. It's a shame that Muslims have been using violence to stop much of the archaeological work under the Temple Mount where they built their Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque as an insult to Jews after Islam's conquest of Jerusalem, since this site is the most holy place in the world to Jews (and it is still occupied by Muslims who won't even let Jews to stand and pray there.) Such intolerance.

Carola May (20)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:45 am
Very interesting! Thank you Beth for this fascinating story. It's amazing, as was mentioned, that Muslims, among their many fantasies, actually think Jerusalem is their city since Jews founded it 3600 years before Mohammed even came along and dreamed Islam up! It's laughable except for the fact that so many Muslims actually believe that nonsense and are so set on destroying Israel and Jews to pursue these baseless claims.

Suzanne L (98)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:58 am
TY for the post. Archaeology is based on factual evidence which can be subject to interpretation but not debate.

Lisa Gourley (35)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:25 am

. (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:35 am
I could never figure out why god if it was omnipotent; omniscient and omnipresent would need such ornate buildings as a temple or a ziggurat for that matter.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:55 am
It's a good question, Michael. In this case, the issue of the Tabernacle and the First and Second Temple does not really encompass the issues of omnipotence or omniscience as much as it does the that of God's ominipresence. In other words, it is understood that in creating the universe, with each day/utterance of creation, God deliberately retracted His open presence further back until it was essentially hidden, thus God deliberately limited His own Omnipresence for the sake of man and Free Will.

Having a place where God's spirit (the Shechina) to reside, that He shared openly with humans could be housed, as long as the people merited (because there were miracles that occurred in these places, for example the smoke of the sacrifices always went up through the ceiling opening in a straight line, even when there were breezes blowing, which was considered one of the open miracles/displays of God's presence).

So the Tabernacle and the Temples were holy places with a high degree of discipline, order for following Divine instructions. In periods where this was weakened and corrupted, and other influences broke the system down, the many open miracles ceased and ultimately were the cause of the Temples' destruction.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 11:03 am
Wonderful news!!! I hope this get a load of publicity and MANY Muslims see and hear this!! Thanks Beth!!

. (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 3:06 pm
Great comment Lee H.

Hilary S (65)
Friday February 22, 2013, 2:40 am
hardly surprising the palestinians would be nervous about such discoveries, and do their best to undermine and discredit them.
i guess there are still members of the flat earth society, and orthodox darwinists would make excellent companions there.
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