Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wall built by Solomon found

Archaeologists have found a wall in Jerusalem that dates back to the time of King Solomon and matches those described in the Bible in that era.

The section of the wall uncovered is nearly 230 feet long and 20 feet high. It is located in the area known as the Ophel, between the City of David and the south wall that surrounds the Temple Mount. Excavators have uncovered a nearly 20-feet-high gatehouse that is part of the city wall. There is also a large watchtower that has yet to be fully excavated.

The Old Testament passage of I Kings 3:1, the archeologist pointed out, says that King Solomon built the temple and his new palace, and surrounded them with a city that is most likely connected to the ancient wall of the City of David.
Full story here.