Two Thousand Year Old Evidence of the Siege in Jerusalem

Some more Biblical Archaeology with which to starts the day (depending on where on earth you live). Far better than the other filth doing the rounds. In an archaeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority near the Western Wall:   The Antiquities Authority on Thursday unearthed for the first time a small  2,000-yearold cistern near…

Israeli Shot and Killed Near Western Wall

Reuters has the breaking news: A security guard shot and  killed an Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism’s holiest  sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut  to visitors, police said. The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent  restroom, was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is  greatest”,…

Israel: Women of the Wall

Israeli security guards at the Western Wall on Friday searched women worshippers arriving at the holiest place where Jews can pray for a seemingly inoffensive object – the Jewish prayer shawl, which under the Orthodox tradition can be worn only by men. Once the shawls were found, dozens of women had to deposit them before…

Western Wall Passes Annual Health Check

Ahead of Judaism’s High Holy Days when hundreds of thousands will visit the holy site, engineers inspect Western Wall to ensure stability • Office of the rabbi of the Western Wall confirms that site is safe and ready to receive the faithful. A team of engineers closely examined Jerusalem’s Western Wall — a remnant of…

Western Wall Plaza Excavation Results

Writes Todd Bolen over at the Bible Places Blog: Over the yearsI’ve mentionedthe excavation at the “back” of the Western Wall prayer plaza. The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has a report by the excavators on their discoveries at the site from 2005 to 2010. Since I expect some curious student to ask me…

Mughrabi Bridge Demolition Delayed

Jordan, Egypt warned Israel taking down bridge that connects Western Wall, Temple Mount may spark regional protests. Anything for a good protest in Jordan and Egypt… In any event, The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday delayed plans at the last minute to  start rebuilding the Mughrabi Bridge linking the Western Wall Plaza…

King Herod Didn’t Complete the Construction of Jerusalem’s Western Wall

As was as expected, a new archaeological announcement has been made about the Western Wall in Jerusalem: Apparently, King Herod didn’t complete the construction: Recent archeological excavations in Jerusalem show that, contrary to popular understanding, King Herod was not solely responsible for constructing the Western Wall. Israel’s Antiques Authority announced Wednesday that the discovery of a…