Thursday, January 17, 2008
Important Discovery-- First Temple
The Jerusalem Post is reporting in an article that a seal dating back to the time of Nehemiah has been found that references a family named in the Bible. This family returned from exile with Nehemiah and had been in service of the First Temple.
If this artifact is authentic, this is an incredible discovery that validates the Jewish presence in Jerusalem and the worship at Solomon's Temple. It has implications in contemporary discussions over the Temple Mount--in that some some deny that there ever was a Jewish temple at that location--such claims undermine both Judaism and Christianity considering many key moments in Jesus' life center around the Temple expanded by Herod the Great.
It's an exciting thing to consider--which is also related to the recent claim of the discovery of a segment of Nehemiah's wall.
Do you consider this important?