Sunday, September 07, 2008

More Second Temple wall uncovered

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the discovery of part of the southern wall of Jerusalem during the time of Christ.

Uncovered on Mount Zion and the best preserved Second Temple Wall yet found, archaeologists believe it was built by the Hasmoneans sometime after 150 B.C. Josephus dubbed it the "First Wall," in distinction to Herod's (?) "Second Wall" and Herod Agrippa's "Third Wall."

The "First Wall" encompassed the city on all four sides (unlike the later two), and had sixty towers. One of those towers is preserved to a height of 10 feet (3 m). The wall was in use until the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

Todd Bolen provides more details here.

A number of articles are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Video here.