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Now Dig This

Diggers for the truth have had a lucrative month. A Jewish archaeologist on Monday said that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem, not only date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon, but attest to the authenticity of the biblical narrative.

If the estimated age of the stone structure is true, the finding is an indication that Jerusalem housed a strong government which had the resources and manpower to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C.

This certainly matches the Bible‘s account that the Hebrew Kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem at about that time. The archaeologist behind the dig, Eilat Mazar belongs to that school of thought.

Other archaeological chuckle heads in the Jewish country claim that they know enough to prove that the kingdoms of David and Solomon are strictly mythical.

Dr. Mazar, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called her find

“the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel.”

She also said

“it means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime capable of carrying out such construction.”

The fortifications found, 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 the Old City in Jerusalem – right next to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Archaeologists have previously excavated the fortifications, first in the 1860s and again in the 1980s. But Mazar claims that her dig was the first complete excavation and the first to turn up strong evidence for the age of the wall: a large number of pottery shards.


According to recent reports, Iraq is moving to remove the Jewish elements from the tomb of the prophet Ezekiel, and turn it into a mosque. A MOSQUE?! Yeah, a mosque. You might say they are making a mosquery of a very holy site.
Ezekiel lived about 2,500 years ago and preached about the salvation of the Jewish People – you may recall his Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones.

Ezekiel lived in Babylon at the time of King Solomon’s temple. Legend holds that he is buried in the village of Al Kilf, to the south of Baghdad.
Professor Shmuel Morre, former head of the Arabic Language and Literature Department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, had this to say:

“I received information from a senior Iraqi scholar pertaining to the local authorities’ intention of turning the tomb into a mosque under the guise of ‘preservation’ of the holy site…the man who provided me with the information stressed that the Iraqi antiquities department has been under heavy pressure to erase any proof of the Jews’ connection to Iraq.”

Iraq is also the home of the tombs of Ezra the Scribe, the Prophet Jonah and King Zedekiah.
Local authorities in Iraq have already begun to erase Hebrew inscriptions off Ezekiel’s tomb, in order to turn the site into a mosque.
For hundreds of years the tomb has been placed carefully in the hands of leaders of the Jewish community in Iraq.
Currently the country contains only eight Jews. Two short and too short of a minyan, sadly. The rest have become Muslim or are in hiding for fear of being murdered by terrorists…something which has been known to happen in Mess-O-Patamia.
Manager of the “Justice for Jews” organization, Shlomo Alfassa has approached US government authorities and has demanded to

“stop the Islamization of the Jewish prophet’s tomb.”

An appeal has also been made to the UNESCO headquarters, which is responsible for maintaining the religious character of holy sites.

Examining King Solomon’s Legacy

As I wrote yesterday, the location of the Solomon Mines may have been finally located. Yet those mines aren’t the only underground achievement attributed to the legendary King Solomon:

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