Posted by: Rob Lester | October 1, 2010

Evidence for Solomon’s Temple?

Recent digs near Jerusalem may have unearthed evidence of Solomon’s temple which the Bible says was built in the 10th century B.C. “The fortifications, including a monumental gatehouse and a 77-yard (70-meter) long section of an ancient wall, are located just outside the present-day walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, next to the holy compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Archaeologists have excavated the fortifications in the past, first in the 1860s and most recently in the 1980s. But Eilat Mazar claimed her dig was the first complete excavation and the first to turn up strong evidence for the wall’s age: a large number of pottery shards, which archaeologists often use to figure out the age of excavations. If the age of the wall is correct, it would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications [around 1000 B.C.]. Others believe that David’s monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.”  This seems to verify the biblical account of David’s expansive kingdom and his preparations for his son Solomon’s construction of the Temple. But then, all archaeological excavations support the Bible when examined objectively.

“Archaeologist sees proof for Bible in ancient wall” By Matti Friedman  Associated Press  Feb. 22, 2010

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