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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 49, November 27, 2011, Article 13

COIN FIND REWRITES HISTORY OF JERUSALEM'S WESTERN WALL

Larry Dziubek forwarded this story about a new coin find at Jerusalem's Western Wall that shakes up the accepted history of the holy site. -Editor

67446636 The history of one of the world's holiest sites - sacred to both Jews and Muslims - is set to be rewritten, following a surprise discovery in a ritual bath beneath the complex.

It proves that the Wall - supposedly built by Herod, the Jewish king who features prominently in the Gospels, was in fact built much later.

Newly found coins underneath Jerusalemís Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the worldís most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday.

The man usually credited with building the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary is Herod, a Jewish ruler who died in 4 B.C.

Herodís monumental compound replaced and expanded a much older Jewish temple complex on the same site.

But archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority now say diggers have found coins underneath the massive foundation stones of the compoundís Western Wall that were stamped by a Roman proconsul 20 years after Herodís death.

That indicates that Herod did not build the wall - part of which is venerated as Judaismís holiest prayer site - and that construction was not close to being complete when he died.

The four bronze coins were stamped around 17 A.D. by the Roman official Valerius Gratus.

The coins were found inside a ritual bath that predated construction of the renovated Temple Mount complex and which was filled in to support the new walls, Reich said.

They show that construction of the Western Wall had not even begun at the time of Herodís death. Instead, it was likely completed only generations later by one of his descendants.

The dig in which the coins were discovered cleared a Roman-era drainage tunnel that begins at the biblical Pool of Siloam, one of the cityís original water sources, and terminates with a climb up a ladder out onto a 2,000-year-old street inside Jerusalemís Old City.

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To read the complete article, see: Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod (www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2065254/
Coins-Jerusalems-Western-Wall-hints-sacred-site-older-Herod.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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