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  1. Beams From the First and Second Temple!

    It’s one of those amazing stories of magic hiding in plain sight. Under a tarp, in a corner of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, padlocked in a building in the settlement of Ofra, and locked in a room in Jerusalem’s Rockefeller Museum, there are three piles of ancient wooden beams, some of them with rusted nails sticking out of them. They come from the Temple Mount. Over the centuries, these beams have been used and re-used. Some of them are thousands of years old! Incredibly, some of them date to the Second Temple period i.e., the 1st century CE. But some of them may date even earlier i.e., to the First Temple period, almost 1,000 years BCE.

    Though Jerusalem was destroyed, conquered and reconquered, it seems that some of the original wooden beams survived. A cypress beam now lying in one of the piles has been carbon-dated and found to be 2,600 years old – the First Temple Period! It may have supported the ceiling above the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments in it.

    Beams From the First and Second Temple!
    November 19, 2013
    http://www.simchajtv.com/beams-from-the-first-and-second-temple-2/

    See:
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/did-ancient-beams-discarded-in-old-city-come-from-first-and-second-temples/

    For more on the beams see:
    http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/herods-temple-mount-revealed-in-al-aqsa-mosque-restoration/

    Comment by Joseph Ezkosheez — November 20, 2013 @ 9:05 PM

  2. There’s a future for Shilo.

    Comment by Shemaya Shiloh — November 20, 2013 @ 9:31 PM

  3. Maybe they have located the original site. An stone Alter can not be carried with any measure of ease to it very far .

    Comment by Kenneth Gaddykmgaddi — November 20, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

  4. Finds like this are very exiting. It brings historic images to mimed.

    Comment by Vladimir Val Cymbal — November 21, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

  5. To the author: the administrator of Tel Shilo is Avital Sela, not Faleh.

    Comment by Sarah Mageni — November 21, 2013 @ 6:10 PM

  6. Every day more discoveries of our past. Combined with our DNA mapping we are coming closer to seeing the whole story of civilization. Gloria Klaparda

    Comment by Gloria Klaparda — November 21, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

  7. I thought ancient Jewish alters had "horns" at the four corners.

    Comment by Vicki Sue Stone — November 22, 2013 @ 12:45 AM

  8. I love hearing and reading biblical findings

    Comment by Gene Derek O — November 22, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

  9. These excavators sure are jumping to a lot of conclusions with an "altar" found in secondary use in a Byzantine structure. This is not how professional archaeologists interpret their findings.

    Comment by Casey Sharp — November 22, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

  10. Israel is a place where history has gone rampant, it is a place of major historical importance. Many countries and civilizations have clashed there, of course there would be reuse of the materials from the past. Just because a material of past is used now does not mean it still does not have it's own history. Just keep your eyes open to better understand history and archaeology. The altars pertaining to Israel as ceremonial was supposed to be a four horned altar made of bronze. But there are evidences that the Philistines adopted the four horned altar system and perverted the ancient Israel's emblem of worship. If anyone has read the Bible in it's context you see there was always a religious shift for the people. One generation would worship YHWH but another generation would worship the Canaanite and the neighbor's Pantheon.

    Comment by Ravi Sapkota — December 12, 2013 @ 9:47 PM

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