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Second Temple Discovered?

John on August 30, 2007 at 1:53 pm

It certainly sounds that way:

Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday. Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday.

Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is “a massive seven metre-long wall.”

The second Temple was one of the great building campaigns of Herod the Great, a local warlord who elevated himself to the position of ruler of the Jews through friendships with Roman notables including Julius Caesar.

Work on the temple was still ongoing during Jesus lifetime and there are references to it’s grandeur in the New Testament. However after a Jewish revolt under Nero, the second temple was utterly demolished in 70AD. Only the western wall, known as the wailing wall, still stands. Today a mosque sits atop the complex.

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