Israeli Says Elusive Biblical Wall Found

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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.

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Filed under: * International News & CommentaryMiddle EastIsrael* TheologyTheology: Scripture

Posted November 30, 2007 at 6:31 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Rob Eaton+ wrote:

For some reason, these kinds of statements from archeologists bring such delight to me:

“Scholars previously thought…..”
“We were amazed,” she said…..
“This was a great surprise. It was something we didn’t plan.”


November 30, 2:36 pm | [comment link]
2. Rob Eaton+ wrote:

sp: archaeologists

November 30, 2:37 pm | [comment link]
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