Biblical Wall May Have Been Located
- Biblical Wall May Have Been Located
The Guardian [UK], November 30, 2007
A wall mentioned in the Bible's Book of Nehemiah and long sought by
archaeologists apparently has been found, an Israeli archaeologist says.
A team of archaeologists discovered the wall in Jerusalem's ancient City
of David during a rescue attempt on a tower that was in danger of
collapse, said Eilat Mazar, head of the Institute of Archaeology at the
Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research and educational institute, and
leader of the dig. Artifacts including pottery shards and arrowheads
found under the tower suggested that both the tower and the nearby wall
are from the 5th century B.C., the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said this
week. Scholars previously thought the wall dated to the Hasmonean period
from about 142 B.C. to 37 B.C. The findings suggest that the structure
was actually part of the same city wall the Bible says Nehemiah rebuilt,
Mazar said. The Book of Nehemiah gives a detailed description of
construction of the walls, destroyed earlier by the Babylonians.
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