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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Jan 2017, 9:18 am

Reappearance of Biblical "Ger", Torah-Believing Non-Jew, Signals Coming Redemption
By Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler January 15, 2017 , 10:30 am

“One law and one ordinance shall be both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” Numbers 15:16 (The Israel Bible™)

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Most people think the Bible separates humanity into two basic categories – Jew and Gentile. In truth, the Bible has a third category, known in Torah literature as Ger.

There are 60 verses in the Hebrew Bible that use the Hebrew word Ger (plural Gerim). It is almost always mistranslated as stranger or foreigner. It is also understood to mean convert.

According to Rabbis Chaim Clorfene and David Katz, co-authors of The World of the Ger, Ger is actually a third category, between Jew and Gentile, that existed in Biblical times and is re-emerging today as redemption draws ever closer.

Rabbi Clorfene spoke to Breaking Israel News about the connection between Ger and geula (redemption). “The Maharal (famous 16th century Jewish scholar) says that before the geula can come, the old order has to collapse, along with its institutions and processes and systems. I believe that the primary agent of the collapse will be the Gentile who comes to the Torah, connects with the Jewish people, and keeps the Sabbath,” he proclaimed.

“Our God is his God, but he does not convert. This is the non-Jewish Ger. He can thrive only in geula. This Ger has now fully reemerged, for the first time since the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, 2500 years ago. And as he increases in numbers and in wisdom, the golus (exile) will collapse.”

Rabbi David Katz has spent thousands of hours researching what Jewish law has to say about the status of Ger. Recently, he translated an important rabbinic work on the topic from Hebrew to English. He will be in South Africa this month to meet with individuals who identify as, or are considering becoming, Gerim. He answers their questions according to Torah law.

Rabbi Katz plainly states, “In the Messianic era… there will be Ger in the world. They will come back. They will not convert [because] we will not accept converts in those days.” He further explained that Gerim “need Torah for their souls… There is a Ger in the fabric of creation and they are starving and thirsty for Torah. It’s a hundred billion percent kosher.”

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In the Preface to The World of the Ger, Rabbi Clorfene writes, “In the times of King David and King Solomon, the Land of Israel’s population included hundreds of thousands of righteous Gentiles. This is the Ger Toshav, the foreign resident mentioned in the Torah. And so it was throughout the First Temple period. But then, the Kingdom of Israel was exiled to Assyria as the Ten Lost Tribes. And the Kingdom of Judea was exiled to Babylon (those few who Nebuchadnezzar left alive). And the Noahide (all Gerim Toshavim are Noahides) got lost in the shuffle.”

The Biblical Ger has a different status than a Gentile. The Ger of the Bible was an absolute monotheist who accepted the Seven Laws of Noah. The Biblical Ger has permission from the Torah to adopt Jewish practices, such as learning Torah, celebrating Shabbat and avoiding pork and shellfish. The true Ger is a kosher non-Jew according to Torah law.
Among the most well-known Gerim in the Bible are Shem, the son of Noah, Yitro (Jethro), the father-in-law of Moses and the Queen of Sheba.

There are multiple categories of Ger found in Judaism’s rabbinic literature and explaining the nuances extends far beyond the purview of this article. The concept of Ger is not a simple one and the existence of Ger today is a matter of great controversy among rabbis.

Most Jewish people today are misinformed, or completely uninformed, that such a Torah category even exists; they use the word Ger to refer to a convert to Judaism.

Nevertheless, there are individuals today who identify as Ger. There are small communities of Gerim in Texas and in South Africa and a number of Facebook groups where people who are exploring, or have committed themselves to, the Torah category of Ger are able to network.

Russell Kirk, a self-identified Ger from Waco, TX, spoke to Breaking Israel News about his spiritual journey, which began in earnest 17 years ago. “What I have learned in my pursuit of understanding Ger that strengthened my faith in God is that even from the foundation of creation, HaShem (God) considered me in His Torah. The Torah of HaShem is totally complete with a plan for grace, mercy, and salvation for the non-Jew. From the very beginning HaShem has always considered the Ger.”

In 2014, the Chief Rabbinate formally recognized a Ger for the first time in 2,500 years. This unusual action was taken in connection with the observance of Shmittah, the Biblical requirement to rest the land of Israel every seven years.

But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for Hashem: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. Leviticus 25:4

The 2014 decision of the Chief Rabbinate was not intended to set a precedent for Israel to formally recognize Gerim in our day. However, it is clear that according to many leading rabbis, the time of the Ger is at hand.

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/82061/seeing-restoration-ancient-biblical-status-non-jews/#2SAuRAwgrdFsHxmu.99

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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Jan 2017, 9:12 am

Wall Dating to King David’s Era Exposed in Israel’s South
This latest archaeological discovery in southern Israel bolsters the Bible’s recounting of events.

A copper-smelting site and an ancient wall dating back to the 10th century BCE have been excavated at the Timna copper mines antiquities site in southern Israel’s Arava desert region, lending credence to the biblical story of the capture of Edom in the time of King David.

The well-fortified wall once ran for hundreds of meters and stood at least five meters (16.5 feet) tall. Many sling stones were discovered next to the edifice, which may be evidence of the great battle mentioned in Samuel 8:13.

The Edomites were a semi-nomadic tribal confederation which, according to the Bible, warred constantly with Israel.

“We have plenty of archaeological proof to determine that the miners who worked the Timna mines weren’t humble slaves, as had been assumed, but rather expert miners who oversaw the complex, demanding work by apprentices,” said Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University, who headed the biblical archaeology team that uncovered the wall.

“Today we are discovering more and more evidence of a concentrated, hierarchical society that interacted extensively with its neighbors, which matches up with texts from the Bible and other sources,” he added.

Nearby mines were found to be from the time of King Solomon, King David’s son.

The Timna Valley, now a national park, was a copper-production district with thousands of mines and dozens of smelting sites. Fragments of furnaces, clothing, fabrics and rope were unearthed in the dig, as were a number of food remnants.

Archaeologists sent 11 olive and date pits found at the site to Oxford University, where they were dated to the 10th century BCE, the time during which, according to the Bible, King Solomon ruled ancient Israel.

Several other archaeological findings in Israel have lent credence to the Bible’s recounting of events, debunking schools of thought that dismissed the Bible as mere folklore.

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Post  Admin on Fri 19 Aug 2016, 11:44 pm

Archaeologists in Galilee unearth synagogue from Jesus’s timeRemains of ancient rural structure uncovered in northern Israel in area where he is believed to have traveled to preachBY STUART WINER August 19, 2016, 3:51 am 
Israeli archaeologists in northern Israel have uncovered the ruins of a rural synagogue that dates back some 2,000 years.

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The remains of the synagogue were found during an archaeological dig at Tel Rekhesh, near Mount Tabor in the lower Galilee, in what was an ancient Jewish village.

The find could lend weight to the New Testament narrative that Jesus visited villages in the area to preach.

Mordechai Aviam, an archaeologist at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee who led the dig, estimated the synagogue was built between 20-40 AD and was used for a hundred years. No rural synagogues have been found from that time, he said.

“This is the first 1st century synagogue in rural Galilee of the first century,” he said.
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The building was 8.8 meters (29 feet) by 7.92 meters wide (26 feet) and the walls were lined with limestone benches, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. Two pillars found may have supported the roof.

“The site is 17 km (10 miles) as crow flies east of Nazareth, and 12 km from Nin (Naim), and although we don’t have its name in the New Testament, it is in the area in which Jesus acted,” said Aviam.

Until the find, synagogues from that time, known as the Second Temple Period after the Jewish temple that stood in Jerusalem, have only been found in urban centers.

The New Testament says Jesus traveled around the Galilee area preaching in villages and communities.

Aviam told the Ynet news site that the synagogue was likely built by an agricultural estate owner.

“This is a simple synagogue but it is not [that] simple to build a synagogue,” he said.

“The benches that we discovered are made of beautiful white Ashlar stone and the large foundation pillars required considerable investment and were expensive,” he added.

A prayer reader would have stood in the center of the room. Later designs of synagogues were built to face towards Jerusalem.

“The New Testament describes how Jesus delivered sermons in a synagogue in Capernaum and other synagogues in the Galilee,” Aviam explained.

“During the same period Jesus was still a Jew who observed Jewish rituals and requirements and like many rabbis, he delivered sermons in synagogues. Christianity which developed after him placed an emphasis on his sermons at synagogues in the Galilee. This makes the place very important for Christians.”

The site is currently unavailable to visitors but Aviam hopes it will be developed as a tourist site in the future.

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Post  Admin on Fri 19 Aug 2016, 11:39 pm

Is it Time to Reestablish the Davidic Kingdom in Israel?
Ancient Genealogical Records Prove King David’s Descendants Are Alive Today
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz August 16, 2016 , 12:30 pm
“Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom over Yisrael for ever; according as I promised to David thy father, saying: There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Yisrael.” I Kings 9:5 (The Israel Bible™)
It might come as a shock to many to learn that hundreds of descendants of King David are alive today, with verifiable family trees dating back 90 generations, and that the royal Davidic dynasty could potentially be established today in Israel.

Though some may be skeptical of the genealogical proof, many secular researchers of genealogy have studied the line of David. The research is facilitated by the fact that a number of European monarchs throughout history have gone to great lengths to prove family ties to the Davidic Dynasty, and a solid ancestry has been established.

Within the Jewish community, genealogical studies have shown several families that can claim descent ben akhar ben (father to son) in a direct line, most notably the Dayan, Shealtiel and Charlap/Don Yechia families. Most of these families come from Aleppo, Syria.

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Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)
Susan Roth (Davidic Dynasty)
Susan Roth founded the Davidic Dynasty organization in 2000 to gather and reunite Davidic descendants in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Roth has a personal interest as well, tracing her lineage back to King David through Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the preeminent 11th century French Torah scholar known by the acronym Rashi.

Her registry currently lists approximately 150 descendants who have verifiable descent to King David. However, efforts to introduce this reality into mainstream Judaism have met with surprising resistance.

When she first compiled her list, Roth contacted Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to inform them of her registry but, surprisingly, they expressed no interest.

“They were shocked, but they never followed up. My interest was simply to do God’s will, but they understood it as a political agenda. They don’t want King David’s dynasty and they don’t want Moshiach (Messiah),” Roth told Breaking Israel News.

“Even though it is clear Moshiach is here. He is just hiding,” she added.

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Mitch Dayan claims descent from King David. (Courtesy)
Mitchell Dayan  (Courtesy)
One of her discoveries was Mitchell Dayan. In 1983, Dayan was mourning for his brother. Amazed at the number of visitors who claimed to be from his family, he began to research his genealogy. Dayan’s research led him to a book called Yashir Moshe, a commentary on Song of Songs written in 1864 by Rabbi Moshe Dayan. In the prologue to the book, the rabbi lists his genealogy, leading back to King David. In this list, Mitchell found the name of his great grandfather from Aleppo.

Another genealogic list was found in the Cairo geniza, a storehouse of over 300,000 Jewish documents discovered in the late 1800’s. The two lists were almost identical, despite the Cairo list being compiled hundreds of years earlier. Through these sources, Mitchell Dayan was able to verify his lineage back 87 generations to King David.

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“The actual descendants may not know it but there are descendants of King David alive today,” Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “This was prophesied in the Bible but it is also fact. Politics are irrelevant. It is going to happen, one day or another.”

For thus saith Hashem: There shall not be cut off unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Yisrael. Jeremiah 33:17

In 2005, another Dayan, Rabbi Yosef Dayan, was recognized by the nascent Sanhedrin as a direct descendant of King David and, as such, a candidate to re-establish the Davidic Dynasty. Similar to Mitchell Dayan, his discovery came as a result of a death in the family.

Soon after he immigrated to Israel in 1968, Rabbi Dayan buried his grandfather in Jerusalem. He was surprised to see inscribed on the headstone the words “M’Bet David” (from the house of David). Rabbi Dayan discovered that this inscription was a family custom dating back to their origins in Aleppo.

Several years later, Rabbi Dayan received an antique document from a cousin which lists his genealogy, showing him to be the 89th generation from King David. This document was verified by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel.

“This concept of family tradition is not surprising,” Rabbi Dayan told Breaking Israel News. “The Kohanim (priests) have a family tradition that they are descended from Aaron the Priest, well before King David, and this tradition is totally accepted by the rabbis. This tradition has been proven accurate by DNA testing.”

Rabbi Dayan is disappointed by the lack of acceptance by rabbinic authorities and mainstream Judaism.
“Just as the Kohanic tradition is accepted, the same should be true for the descendants of King David, but even more so,” Rabbi Dayan said. “We have written family trees, and our tradition is engraved on gravestones for the offspring to take note of their ancestry.”

Breaking Israel News asked Rabbi Dayan why he thought there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic Dynasty.

On why there exists so much resistance to acknowledging the Davidic dynasty, Rabbi Dayan explained, “There is a basic error in understanding the Kingdom of David.

“The Moshiach is already here. Moshiach in Hebrew means ‘anointed’. It is not a miracle. The family of David exists and is waiting for Israel to choose one and anoint him.

“By claiming incorrectly that there are no living descendants of King David, the Moshiach becomes dependent upon a miracle from heaven, thereby absolving the rabbis from any responsibility for taking action to bringing the Messiah.”
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/74034/king-davids-descendants-ready-rebuild-davidic-kingdom-jerusalem/#BK9U7sI5OQxsB73p.99

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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:24 pm

Massive Discovery Unearthed in Israel Reveals Shocking Message From Angel! According to Experts, the Most Important Find Since Dead Sea Scrolls (Video)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 7:42

JERUSALEM, Israel — Gabriel is one of the Bible’s best known angels. This is an archaeological discovery quoting Gabriel that’s considered the most important find of its kind since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

It’s called the “Revelation of Gabriel.” And is written on stone, proclaiming three times, “I am Gabriel” just as Gabriel told Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel.

According to Israel Museum curator Adolfo Roitman, ”So to the best of my knowledge these are the only two instances in ancient Jewish and Christian literature that you have such an expression, ‘I am Gabriel,’” 

Some scholars consider the tablet a Dead Sea Scroll on stone. It’s written in two columns, in ink, and the style of writing, the script, is the same as the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves.

Roitman says experts believe it to be authentic.

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But, it doesn’t end there. Although this discovery was made several years ago, this stone to this day has caused quite a bit of controversy as an Israeli Bible scholar attempted to theorize one of the messages. Here is what the Daily Mail had to say, keeping in mind they do not accept the real Jesus Christ. Personally, I feel this message could have been prophesying the resurrection of the one and only Christ Jesus:

The Gabriel Stone made a splash in 2008 when Israeli Bible scholar Israel Knohl offered a daring theory that the stone’s faded writing would revolutionize the understanding of early Christianity, claiming it included a concept of messianic resurrection that predated Jesus. 

He based his theory on one hazy line, translating it as ‘in three days you shall live.’ 

His interpretation caused a storm in the world of Bible studies, with scholars convening at an international conference the following year to debate readings of the text, and a National Geographic documentary crew featuring his theory. 

An American team of experts using high resolution scanning technologies tried – but failed – to detect more of the faded writing. 

Knohl, a professor of Bible at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, eventually scaled back from his original bombshell theory but the fierce scholarly debate he sparked continued to reverberate across the academic world, bringing international attention to the stone.

As a Christian, if this stone is indeed the real deal as they believe it is, I think it’s absolutely amazing that it predicts the resurrection of Christ. 

Professor Israel Knohl also said he believes a second “Gabriel Stone” fragment is still out there, waiting to be discovered.

The “Gabriel Stone,” a three foot tall tablet found 13 years ago in Jordan by Bedouin tribesmen, dates back to the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple period. It was put on display in Jerusalem’s highly regarded Israel Museum, reigniting controversy over the precious artefact among rival scholars.

Prof Knohl has been at the centre of the controversy ever since 2008, when he deciphered a crucial line overlooked by other academics where God calls upon his “son” to “come back to life” – an indication of clear Messianic overtones.

Prof Knohl explained, “It is very much possible that the text was written on two stones, especially since the language includes references to a New Testament or Covenant. It could be that it was made in tablet form to imitate the idea of the two tablets of the Ten Commandments given to Moses at Mount Sinai.”

Prof Knohl says the telltale sign of an additional piece is revealed in the fact that there is a clear break in the upper-right corner of the stone.
And if this find wasn’t enough, a satellite image has revealed the name of God written over Israel. (Also included in above feature video)

The Bible declares that God has indeed put His name in Israel, and specifies the location.

2 Chronicles 6:6 states, But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

And, in Jeremiah 7:12, But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.

Suprisingly, that is exactly where they found His name written! See the photos below as well as the video presentation above!

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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Jul 2016, 10:08 pm

Israeli Teens Unearth Remains of 3,700-Year-Old Canaanite Fortress
Reveals "Unknown History of Galilee"
By JNS July 27, 2016 , 9:30 am
“And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the South in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of B’nei Yisrael.” Numbers 33:40 (The Israel Bible™)
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Illustrative: the sun rises over the Masada fortress. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)
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A group of teenagers working on an archaeological dig in the village of Ibillin in northern Israel uncovered a Canaanite-era fortress dating back 3,700 years.
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Israeli teens work on an excavation in Ibillin for the Israel Antiquities Authority. (Photo: Ofri Lawrence)
The youngsters—who hail from Moshav Alon Hagalil and Kibbutz Hanaton and are spending their summer vacation working on an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavation—unearthed the Canaanite structure, whose existence was previously unknown, in the middle of an olive grove between Ibillin and Shfaram.
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Archaeologist Nurit Feig, who is overseeing the project for the IAA, said that “it could be that the youth who are working with us have uncovered a chapter in the history of the Galilee that we didn’t know about. The wall they found is especially massive, and could have functioned as a wall that protected some ruler or another. It appears that the place was active in the Canaanite period, about 3,700 years ago. This is the first time that we’ve found a fortified structure from that era in this area.”

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Post  Admin on Fri 24 Jun 2016, 11:27 pm

2,100 Year Old Coins, Bearing Names of Maccabean Kings, Unearthed in Israel
By Jonathan Benedek June 8, 2016 , 10:30 am
“The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalms 119:72 (The Israel Bible™)

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A cache of Hasmonean coins was discovered near the city of Modi'in amid archaeological excavations prior to construction. (Photo:  Arutz7/YouTube screenshot)
A cache of Hasmonean coins was discovered near the city of Modi’in amid archaeological excavations prior to construction. (Photo: Arutz7/YouTube screenshot)
A hoard of silver coins, along with bronze coins bearing the names of the Maccabean kings, dating to the year 126 BCE in the Hasmonean period was discovered in April during an archaeological excavation near the city of Modi’in, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Tuesday.

The bronze coins bear the names of the Jewish kings Yehohanan, Judah, Jonathan, and Mattathias (including his title: “High Priest and Head of the Council of the Jews”) – all of the Hasmonean family that rose up against the Greek persecution in events commemorated by the holiday of Hanukkah. Images of the Selucid Greek King Antiochus IV, the villain of the Hanukkah story, appear on the silver coins unearthed.

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The site of the relevant estate during the Hasmonean period that contained a hoard of ancient silver coins. (Photo Credit: Griffin Aerial Photography/Israeli Antiquities Authority)
“To discover a hoard of coins is a very exciting find,” head of the IAA excavation team Avraham Hendler told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “You begin to see one or two coins then you keep cleaning gently with a brush in a small pit and then you discover a pile of coins.”

Hendler expressed particular fascination with the overall story behind the hoard of coins that was found.

“Beyond the beautiful quality of the coins is the story that it tells us about that period of time and the people that lived there,” Hender shared with TPS. “It provides us with a window into their lives.”

The revelation that the coins were hidden in a rock crevice of a wall that was part of what was once an estate dating back to the late Hellenistic period, helped provide the excavation team with an image of the lives of those who lived in the estate.

“We discovered an estate house built from massive walls, rooms, a courtyard and a cistern,” Hendler explained to TPS.

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“It was built by a Jewish family in the Hasmonean period in the late Hellenistic period approximately 150 BCE,” he continued. “On the neighboring hills they planted vineyards, olive trees, and they lived from the agriculture in the area.”

The estate clearly belonged to Jews given the discovery of Jewish characteristics in an estate such as a spiritual bath (mikvah). However, the silver coins that were found bore the images of the Seleucid king Antiochus VII and his brother Demetrius II.

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The site where a cache of Hasmonean coins were found near the city of Modi'in. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/TPS)
The site where a cache of Hasmonean coins were found near the city of Modi’in. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/TPS)
“Those were the silver coins of the time,” noted Hendler to TPS. “The Hasmonean kings did not mint silver coins. They minted bronze coins and if someone made their money in silver, those are likely the coins that they would have.”

The excavation team was also exposed to snapshot of the Jewish revolt against Rome some 200 years later.

“We saw evidence that residents of the estate took part in the first rebellion against the Romans,” Hendler mentioned to TPS. “We found coins from the time of the first rebellion with messages saying ‘for the freedom of Zion’ and ‘year two’ of the rebellion.”

“Even after the destruction of the Temple and the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70, they come back to their homes and continue cultivating their fields,” added Hendler.

The estate appears to have played a more important role during the Second Revolt against Rome, also known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt. The Romans responded to the second revolt by deploying their troops not only to the main urban centers but to villages and rural areas so as to destroy any remnants of the rebellion.

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One of the silver coins discovered this past April at the site of an ancient estate dating back to the Hasmonean Period, that bears the image of the Greek King Antiochus VII.
One of the silver coins discovered this past April at the site of an ancient estate dating back to the Hasmonean Period, that bears the image of the Greek King Antiochus VII. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/TPS)
“A legion of the Roman army came to this site and the Jewish inhabitants of the site tried to fight them and win, but they did not win the battle and the Romans destroyed the estate,” Hendler explained to TPS.

“It seems that local residents did not give up hope of gaining their independence from Rome, and they were well-prepared to fight the enemy during the Bar Kokhba uprising,” Tender said in an earlier statement. “During the excavation we saw how prior to the uprising the inhabitants of the estate filled the living rooms next to the outer wall of the building with large stones, thus creating a fortified barrier.”

Hendler expressed a sense of amusement at all that he and his excavation team discovered at the site.

“We read about these stories in literary and historic sources and they grasp our imaginations,” Hendler said to TPS. “During our excavations, we’re able to feel the walls and the vessels that the people in those times used, with our own hands. To come in contact with that is an amazing feeling.
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Mysterious Archaeological Structure in Biblical City of Petra Hid in Plain View for Thousands of Years
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz June 16, 2016 , 11:30 am
“And Edom shall become an astonishment; every one that passeth by it shall be astonished and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.” Jeremiah 49:18 (The Israel Bible™)
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A recent discovery in the Biblical city of Petra used satellites to reveal hidden secrets to archaeologists: a large platform that may have been used for ancient rituals had been hidden in plain sight for thousands of years.

Petra, known as “Sela” in the Bible, is an ancient city in southern Jordan near the Dead Sea. In 2007, it was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The city’s structures were carved into the red rock cliffs of Jebel al-Madhabah. Some experts believe this mountain to be Mount Hor, mentioned in the Bible as the burial site of Aaron the Priest.

Petra is believed to have been built as the capital city of the Nabateans in 312 BCE, approximately when Israel came under the rule of Alexander the Great. Abandoned in the seventh century CE, it was rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

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Satellite and drone images led to the discovery of this massive man-made stone platform which was hidden under sand. (Photo: Facebook)
Though archaeologists have extensively surveyed the site, new discoveries are still being made. Though some of the features of the most recent discovery could be seen from ground level, cutting-edge technology was required to understand its true nature.

Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow and pioneer in the field of satellite archaeology, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, used high-resolution satellite imagery, aerial drone photography and ground surveys to locate the unique double platform, which no archaeologist had studied before.

The base of the platform measures 184 by 161 feet. The second platform, built on top of the base, was originally paved with flagstones and featured columns that supported a staircase. A small building, 28 feet square, stood on the platform, open to the east. The purpose of the platform remains a mystery.

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The platform as seen by satellite image. (Photo: Facebook)
“We know it’s large, it’s significant, it’s important. It probably would have had some kind of a public function,” archaeologist Sarah Parcak told NPR. “Could it be used for religious purposes? Was it some sort of public administrative structure? I wish I knew.”

The Nabateans who built Petra were the descendants of Biblical Edom, which the Bible describes as being the descendants of Esau. Cursed, Edom’s downfall was prophesied in Obadiah, who described its unique cities embedded in the mountain.

O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock thy habitation on high; that sayest in thy heart: “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” Though thou make thy nest as high as the eagle and though thou set it among the stars I will bring thee down from thence saith Hashem. Obadiah 1:3-4

Its cliffside dwellings were mentioned again in Jeremiah and its downfall predicted.

And Edom shall become an astonishment; every one that passeth by it shall be astonished and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. Jeremiah 49:18

This prophecy does seem to have come true, as 600,000 tourists each year come from far away to view Petra’s desolate ruins, now totally uninhabited.

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The two references to Petra, called Sela in the Bible (both names mean “rock”), are somewhat perplexing. The books of Obadiah and Isaiah both describe Sela as a mountaintop city, similar to other Nabatean cities. However, Obadiah’s references to cities in “clefts of the rock” are identical to Petra’s unique construction.

Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit; let the inhabitants of Sela exult, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Isaiah 42:11

Dr. David Ilan, director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at Hebrew Union College, noted the discrepancy between the Biblical descriptions of the mountain-top cities of Edom, and the city of Petra, which is situated in a ravine called Wadi Musa (Moses), created by flooding in the rainy season.

“Though Petra is not an ‘eagle’s nest’, it was typical for Nabatean cities to be situated on hilltops,” he told Breaking Israel News, noting that this may explain the verses.  “Petra was a hub for trade, so it would not have been convenient to be on a mountaintop, though other nearby Nabatean cities were.”

Sela, or Petra, was widely known to outsiders, due to its commercial nature. Other Nabatean cities were less well-known, but the nation’s predilection for placing cities on mountaintops was noted descriptively in the Bible.

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The area where the platform was discovered is mapped out and measured. (Photo: Facebook)
Rabbi Leibel Reznick, author of several books on Biblical archaeology, explained that Petra does appear in the Bible, oral tradition, and history of Israel.

“The city of Petra derives its name from the Greek word meaning ‘a rock’, and the Hebrew equivalent is the word Sela. The Edomite city of Sela is mentioned in passing three times in the Hebrew Bible.”

Rabbi Reznick notes that in II Kings 14:7, Judean King Amaziah conquered Sela, and changed its name to Joktheel.

“Petra is also mentioned in the Talmud (the oral law). The opening paragraph of Tractate Gittin mentions the city of Rekem, which Josephus (a first-century Jewish historian) identifies as Petra. Indeed, a Nabatean inscription was found in Petra with the city name Rekem.
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Discover the Location of the Most Important Biblical Discovery Ever Made
Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947-1956, extensive excavations have taken place in Qumran. Nearly 900 scrolls were discovered. Most were written on parchment and some on papyrus. Cisterns, Jewish ritual baths, and cemeteries have been found, along with a dining or assembly room and debris from an upper story alleged by some to have been a scriptorium as well as pottery kilns and a tower.


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Today's Interesting Jerusalem Fact

Jerusalem Destroyed the Second Time

In 66 AD, 36 years after the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Jews of Judea 
rebelled against Rome. In response, Nero the Emperor sent an army led by 
General Vespasian
to restore order. Two years later the resistance in the north had been 
eradicated. General Vespasian turned his Roman army toward Jerusalem. 
the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide. Chaos reigned in Rome. General 
Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to Italy. The assault of 
was transferred to General Titus, Vespasian's son.

The Roman Tenth Legion under Titus attacked the city and by 70 AD the Romans 
breached the outer walls of Jerusalem and systematically pillaged the city.
Titus and his army had heard rumors that gold had been hidden between the 
stone walls of Jerusalem, and one by one they tore them down. The job of 
was not complete until the Temple, that served as the center of Judaism, was 
torn down and all artifacts burned or carried back to Rome.

The Jewish rebellion lasted another three years and was finally extinguished 
in 73 AD with the fall of the desert stronghold at Masada, overlooking the
Dead Sea.

Luke 21:20-24
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its 
desolation is near" NKJV

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2,000-Year-Old Temple Artifacts Unearthed Near Sea of Galilee
“And Aaron shall burn thereon incense of sweet spices; every morning, when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn it.” (Exodus 30:7)
The incense shovel after having been cleaned in the Israel Antiquities Authority metallurgical laboratories. Photo: Clara Amit (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/TPS)
An ancient bronze shovel and jug tied to the religious rituals of the Second Temple were discovered in archaeological excavations at Magdala – an important Jewish town dating back to the period of Roman antiquity, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Tuesday, April 5.
During an ongoing excavation project, a group of volunteers from Chile discovered an ornate bronze incense shovel and a matching bronze jug believed to have stored incense or coals for ritual use.
“The incense shovel that was found is one of ten others that are known in the country from the Second Temple period. From early research it is thought that the incense shovel was only used for ritual purposes, for the embers and incense that were burnt in ritual ceremonies,” Dina Avshalom-Gorni, the Chief archaeologist on behalf of the IAA, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

According to Avshalom-Gorni, incense shovels are known worldwide as ritualistic and religious implements in ancient religions, and their use has permeated into Judaism. The book of Exodus states: “You shall make the altar…you shall make pots for it to receive its ashes, and shovels and basins and forks and firepans; all its utensils you shall make of bronze,” a quote which ties these artifacts to the rituals of the Jewish Temple, at least symbolically.

“We know that these are certainly sacred tools, perhaps pertaining to the local synagogue discovered on this site, a synagogue which was quite grand and rich and important in the region,”  Avshalom-Gorni explained to TPS. “It’s a rare and exciting find.”

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The site is located near the town of Migdal along the western shore of Sea of Galilee. Migdal, or Magdala as it was known by its Latin name, was a large Jewish fishing and trade town in the Early Roman period. It is mentioned in Jewish sources, and at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple it served as a main military base for the ancient Jewish historian and general Josephus.

Another famous denizen of the city, according to the Christian tradition, was the penitent prostitute Mary Magdalene—named for her birthplace Migdal.

In recent years the IAA has been leading extensive excavations at the site, overseen by the archaeologists Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Arfan Najar, in partnership with the Anahuac University of Mexico’s Dr. Marcela Zapata-Meza and with the help of volunteers from Mexico, Chile, Spain and Italy.

“It is a very impressive site and is open to the general public. The land actually belongs to a private developer from the Catholic Church, who planned to build a hotel for pilgrims on that plot,” Avshalom-Gorni explained.

According to Israeli law, before approving construction on any building project in the country IAA experts must first survey the plot to assure it will not damage an archeological site.

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The stone with the menorah symbol which was discovered in the synagogue at Magdala. (Photo: Yael Yulowich, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority/MFA)

“We began exploratory digs in 2009 and little by little it became evident to us and to the Catholic Church that we have discovered a major site which was dated to the exact time of the ministry of Jesus in the Galilee, and the home of Mary Magdalene,” she added.

The landowner then decided to turn the location into an open-air museum alongside the ongoing excavations, which continue to produce thrilling archaeological finds.

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65094/2000-year-old-temple-artifacts-discovered-near-sea-galilee-jewish-world/#lvSvC4JeyKydSIYQ.99

1,500-Year-Old Byzantine Church Discovered in Gaza Strip
By Ahuva Balofsky April 6, 2016 , 8:30 am
“And He changeth the times and the seasons; He removeth kings, and setteth up kings; He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.” Daniel 2:21 (The Israel Bible™)

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A foundation stone bearing the Greek symbol for “Christ” is uncovered during construction work in Gaza. [Photo: Official Twitter feed @Omar_Gaza]
The remains of a Byzantine church have been uncovered in Gaza during excavations towards the construction of a new shopping mall, Reuters reported. The announcement was made Monday by the Palestinian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry.

The ruins were found in Palestine Square in Gaza City, a popular shopping district. Construction workers made the initial discovery, then called in ministry officials, who identified 15 pieces, including a three meter (almost ten feet) long segment of a column with a Corinthian capital and a 90 centimeter foundation (about 35 inch) stone with the Greek symbol for “Christ” engraved on it. If more pieces are found, Jamal Abu Rida, head of the Antiquities Ministry said, mall construction may be delayed or halted.

The remains date back to between 395 and the late 600s CE. “Our first thought is that the site is a cathedral or a church from the Byzantine period,” said Abu Rida. “During that era, there was a great interest among the Byzantine rulers to build churches in the Gaza Strip.”

He added, “I dare say the place is of historical value.”

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During the Roman period, Gaza was a prosperous seaport with a diverse population, including Greeks, Romans, Jews, Egyptians and Persians. In the late fourth and early fifth centuries, many pagan temples were destroyed in favor of churches.

The ministry has great interest in preserving the remains, though it lacks the means. “Our mission is to preserve our Palestinian history before Islam and after Islam,” said Abu Rida.

“The site we are talking about is 2,000 square meters and 10 meters deep and requires hundreds of workers and millions of dollars to carry out proper excavation to extract pieces and read the texts written on them,” he said. The ministry has just 40 excavation workers in its employ.

The Gaza region is mentioned in the Bible as one of the five seats of Philistine power. It is rich in archaeological remains.

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65073/1500-year-old-byzantine-church-discovered-in-gaza-biblical-zionism/#jxecilAv40FpVW3d.99

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NASA finds evidence and proves the Bible is true: THE MISSING DAY

The Bible Proved Scientifically Accurate By NASA Discovery
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Learn how Genesis accurately described Creation before Hubble photographed it!

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Continual proof of Israel's existense 70AD
Biblical treasure just found in Jerusalem!

You won't believe what was just unearthed under the streets of Jerusalem!
The Golden Bell - City of David

Amazing find!
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We are excited to share with you two truly incredible finds that were discovered in the City of David's Herodian Road Aqueduct Excavation in recent days. The first is rare etching of a menorah on stone, assumed to be the Temple Menorah.

Here are two truly incredible finds that were discovered in the City of David’s Herodian Road Aqueduct Excavation in recent days. The first is rare etching of a menorah on stone, assumed to be the Temple Menorah.

According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the fact that the stone object was found at the closest proximity to the Temple Mount indicates that likely a passerby who saw the menorah with his own eyes and was amazed by its beauty incised his impressions on a stone and afterwards tossed his scrawling to the side of the road. He could scarcely have imagined that his creation would be found 2,000 years later on a slab of stone.

The second discovery is that of a Roman sword dated to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, and found within the tunnel used by the last remaining Jews in Jerusalem to hide from the Roman troops during the destruction of the Second Temple.

This Roman sword very possibly belonged to one of the foot soldiers of the Roman Legion in the last battle between the Romans and Jews over Jerusalem. The sword, considered very rare because of its incredible preservation, was found with its leather sheath partially intact.

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Jerusalem Excavation Reveals 2,700-Year-Old Seal of Israelite King
By Michael Bachner December 3, 2015 , 1:00 pm
“And it was in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah, the king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz the king of Judah, became king. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem.” (II Kings 18:1,2)
Seal impression of King Hezekiah unearthed in the Ophel excavations. (Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; Photo by Ouria Tadmor)
The first ever seal impression of a Judean king was unearthed in Jerusalem on Wednesday, December 2, during a scientific excavation. The significant discovery was made at the Ophel excavations, at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology found the impression, which is of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727-698 BCE).

“This is a rare finding, and it’s a real privilege to have discovered it,” said Dr. Eilat Mazar, who directs the Ophel excavations, to Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “To find an object that was made and touched by Judean kings in the time of the bible is an exceptional and one-of-a-kind experience.”

The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah”. It also features a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life. Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a ‘bulla’ – a piece of inscribed clay.
The bulla was originally used to seal a document written on papyrus. It was found together with 33 additional bullae imprinted from other seals, some bearing Hebrew names.

Dr. Mazar added: “Although seal impressions bearing King Hezekiah’s name have already been known from the antiquities market since the middle of the 1990s, this is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.”
King Hezekiah is described favorably in the Bible. He is depicted as a resourceful and daring king, who centralized power in his hands. The Judean king successfully maintained the independent standing of the Judean Kingdom and its capital Jerusalem, which he enhanced economically, religiously, and diplomatically.

The symbols on the seal impression from the Ophel suggest that they were made late in Hezekiah’s life, after he had recovered from the life-threatening illness of shehin (boils), when the life-symbol became especially significant for him (ca. 704 BCE).
The excavation site is situated within the Ophel Archaeological Park, which is part of the National Park Around the Walls of Jerusalem under the auspices of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

The seal impression was found during the wet-sifting of earth layers from the excavation in the Emek-Zurim wet-sifting facility, under the auspices of the Nature and Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation.

The discovery of King Hezekiah’s Royal Seal impression in the Ophel excavations vividly brings to life the biblical narratives about King Hezekiah and his lifetime activities in Jerusalem’s Royal Quarter.

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Stonehenge-Like Structure Leaves Archaeologists in Israel Baffled
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz November 24, 2015 , 12:30 pm
“’So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.’ Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. Jacob said to his kinsmen, ‘Gather stones.’ So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.” (Genesis 31:44-45)
Has Israel’s own version of Stonehenge been uncovered?

After the Six-Day War in 1967, archaeologists studying an aerial map of Israel discovered a strange formation of five concentric rings of loose rock. The formation is not recognizable from the ground, appearing as random piles of rocks, but from above it is quite impressive, with an outer ring more than 152 meters (nearly 500 feet) wide. It is called Rujm el-Hiri in Arabic, meaning the “stone heap of the wild cat”, and in Hebrew as Gilgal Refaim, or Wheel of the Giants.

At its center is a mound of loose stones 20 meters (over 65 feet) in diameter and five meters (over 16 feet) tall, covering a six-meter-long (almost 20 feet) burial chamber. The entire formation is composed of over 40,000 tons of loose basalt rocks.

Estimates as to when it was built vary widely. Scholars generally place the beginning of the construction as early as 3500 BCE. In many ways, it resembles the formation of Stonehenge in England, which may have been built at the same time.

Like Stonehenge, the purpose of Gilgal Refaim is still a mystery and the focus of scholarly debate.  There are opinions that it was used as a part of the burial process. Dr. Rami Arav, long-time co-director of the Bethsaida excavations northeast of the coast of the Sea of Galilee and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Nebraska, theorized that bodies were left there, exposed to the elements and vultures, until the flesh was gone

The bones would then be placed in small boxes, called ossuaries, in another permanent location. This was known to be the ancient Zoroastrian  practice. No human remains were found within the tomb or anywhere on the site. In fact, very few organic artifacts were found, making dating the site difficult.

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There are other opinions that it is a celestial observatory. The entranceway to the center looks out on the sunrise on the summer solstice. Notches in the walls indicate the spring and fall equinoxes. Other markings indicate star risings. This would have allowed the site to be used to predict the beginning of the rainy season, a very important survival skill.

Harry Moskoff, author of The A.R.K. Report and Remi Award Winning Film Producer, is an internationally acclaimed expert on the Ark of the Covenant and other hidden Temple artifacts. When asked by Breaking Israel News about Gilgal Refaim and a possible Biblical connection to the site known as the “pile of stones” referred to in the Bible (Genesis 31:51) by Laban as Jegar-sahadutha and by Jacob as Galeed, Moskoff agreed that there was value in the connection.

Both names have the same meaning, witness pile, however Galeed is Hebrew and Jegar-sahadutha is Aramaic. The “pile” served as a border between Laban and Jacob and as a physical symbol of the covenant between them. As described in the Bible, it had a pillar in the center and was used as an altar, similar to the description of Gilgal Refaim.

The idea intrigued Moskoff, and he accepted that it might be a possibility.

“We know that the pile of stones was still around during the times of King David, as he felt bound by the agreement in the Bible. It may only exist today because the tzaddik (righteous) Jacob, our forefather, erected it,” he told Breaking Israel News, adding a scholarly disclaimer: “Even though this is the Torah perspective, it is still a theory.”

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Geological Discovery Proving Source
of Earth’s Water Amazingly Similar to Biblical Account of Creation
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz November 23, 2015 , 2:00 pm
“Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.” (Genesis 1:6-8)
Scientists have struggled for years trying to understand the source of Earth’s oceans and the planet’s water. Until recently, the prevailing scientific theory held that icy comets hit the Earth while it was still forming. A discovery last year by geologists seems to prove that the real source of the earth’s water is from deep underground, amazingly similar to the Bible’s account of creation, which described waters below and waters above (Genesis 1:7).

The first clue came in the form of a battered diamond found in Brazil. Graham Pearson, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Alberta in Canada, discovered the diamond quite by accident while searching for a means of dating the diamonds. Diamonds that have come up from so deep from the earth are usually discarded by diamond miners since they are scarred and discolored, having little commercial value. This diamond contained a rare mineral called ringwoodite, which has never been found on the planet’s surface before. It only forms under extreme pressure and is only found in meteor fragments or is artificially made in laboratories.

The diamond was brought up from the earth’s mantle region, which stretches from 254 to 410 miles deep, by volcanic activity. The mantle, the hot rock layer between the crust and the core, makes up most of the earth’s volume. It has never been explored since it is incredibly deep and inaccessible, and the geothermal energy at that depth would melt any drill bit.

The ringwoodite found embedded in the diamond was 1.5 percent water, contained not as a liquid but as hydroxide ions (oxygen and hydrogen molecules bound together). This suggests there could be a vast store of water in the mantle transition zone.

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“It translates into a very, very large mass of water, approaching the sort of mass of water that’s present in all the world’s oceans,” Pearson told Live Science’s Our Amazing Planet.

Brandon Schmandt, a seismologist at the University of New Mexico, set out to test the theory. Using the Earthscope USArray, a network of portable seismometers across the United States, he found the waves slowed down upon reaching the layer of ringwoodite, indicating that they were passing through water as well as rock and confirming that the transition zone is an enormous water reservoir.

“The surface water we have now came from degassing of molten rock. It came from the original rock ingredients of Earth,” Schmandt told Live Science.

One of the researchers with Schmandt said that if conditions had been slightly different, and the water was not stored underground, “it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountaintops would be the only land poking out.”

While critics of the Bible claim Biblical stories are improbable and lack factual basis, scientists and archaeologists are discovering that in many cases, the Bible is an accurate guide for their investigations.

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800-Year-Old Seal Used by St. Sabas Uncovered

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” (Isaiah 52:7)

An 800-year-old lead seal used by the Monastery of St. Sabas was uncovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem. The rare seal, found in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood, was discovered a year and a half ago but only identified as a unique seal after processing and studying the material.
The seal was uncovered in what archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) believe was part of a farmstead belonging to the monastery’s property. According to the IAA, the farmstead was built during the Byzantine period (5th-6th centuries CE). The site was abandoned at the end of the Byzantine period and resettled during the 11th-12th centuries CE during the Crusader period. The farmstead reached its largest size during the Mamluk period in the 13th-14th centuries CE.
While excavating the area, archaeologists uncovered items that “reflected daily life in the farmstead.” However, the seal, described as a “rare lead seal dating to the Crusader period,” was a surprise.

Picture of the seal. (Photo: Clara Amit/ Israel Antiquities Authority)
Known in Latin as a bulla, the seal was attached to letters to ensure that the document was only opened by the right person. “The bulla consisted of two blank lead disks and had a string that passed through a channel between them,” the IAA explains. “In sealing the letter these were pressed together with a pincher shaped object with dies, creating the double faced seal.”
Archaeologists confirm that the seal was found in “excellent condition.” A bearded bust of a saint wearing a himation and holding a cross in his right hand and the Gospel in his left hand is seen on both sides of the seal. Surround the image is a Greek inscription labeling the saint, “Saint Sabas.” On the back of the seal, a longer Greek inscription reads, “This is the seal of the Laura of the Holy Sabas.”

Historically, St. Sabas, also known by his Syriac name of Mar Saba, was one of the most powerful and influential leaders of the Christian monastic movement during the Byzantine period. Sabas helped establish numerous monasteries in the Judean Desert but “his crowning achievement was the construction of the Monastery of St. Sabas, referred to as the ‘Great Laura’.”
The monastery, which was built on a cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley, housed several hundred monks. St. Sabas is the only monastery in the Judean Desert that has been active since its creation. Today, there are approximately ten Greek monks who live in the monastery which belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church.
Sabas, who was also politically active during the Byzantine period, is said to have traveled twice on foot to the capital of Constantinople to meet with the emperor to request assistance for the country’s inhabitants. Following his death, Sabas was canonized is considered a Christian saint.

Picture of the seal. (Photo: Clara Amit/ Israel Antiquities Authority)
According to Dr. Robert Kool, “The Mar Saba monastery apparently played an important role in the affairs of the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the Crusader period maintaining a close relationship with the ruling royal family. The monastery had numerous properties and this farm may have been part of the monastery’s assets during the Crusader period.”

Excavation directors working for the IAA, Benyamin Storchan and Dr. Benyamin Solinka, point out the importance of the uncovered seal. “This is an extraordinary rare find because no such seal has ever been discovered to date.”

“The object possibly contributes important historical information about the surroundings of the site in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood. The excavated farmstead may well refer to a farming settlement sold to the monastery in 1163–1164. The document, part of the archives of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Crusader period, mentioned a farming settlement by the name of Thora, whose whereabouts are unknown. It is quite possible the document refers to this site,” they added.

Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/15781/800-year-old-seal-used-st-sabas-uncovered/#Il2KssBQtw54musB.99

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Post  clark thompson on Wed 21 May 2014, 11:40 am

We need to remember that no matter what this says, that the bible remains true even if this goes against it.

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Post  Admin on Tue 20 May 2014, 8:46 am

This was what I received in my mail on 12 Tribes Video but I felt best posted in this thread.
What an unbelievable find! I love it when the Bible comes to life like this in our Holy Land!

King David's Citadel Discovered in Jerusalem!
BY ADMIN · MAY 12, 2014 · 
Click here to watch: King David's Citadel Discovered in Jerusalem!


Published on 6 May 2014

An Israeli archaeologist says he found the legendary citadel captured by King David. The conquest allowed David to establish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Post  Admin on Sun 11 Aug 2013, 6:58 pm

Could this be the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls? Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan could change our view of Biblical history
UPDATED: 20:36, 30 March 2011
For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price.
This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity.
Academics are divided as to their authenticity but say that if verified, they could prove as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.
On pages not much bigger than a credit card, are images, symbols and words that appear to refer to the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation.
Revelation: Experts speculate that the tablets could be the lost collection of codices referred to in the Bible's Book Of Revelation
This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially.
If the dating is verified, the books would be among the earliest Christian documents, predating the writings of St Paul.
The prospect that they could contain contemporary accounts of the final years of Jesus’s life has excited scholars – although their enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that experts have previously been fooled by sophisticated fakes.
David Elkington, a British scholar of ancient religious history and archeology, and one of the few to have examined the books, says they could be ‘the major discovery of Christian history’.
‘It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church,’ he said.
But the mysteries between their ancient pages are not the books’ only riddle. Today, their whereabouts are also something of a mystery. After their discovery by a Jordanian Bedouin, the hoard was subsequently acquired by an Israeli Bedouin, who is said to have illegally smuggled them across the border into Israel, where they remain.
However, the Jordanian Government is now working at the highest levels to repatriate and safeguard the collection. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Sheffield University, said there was powerful evidence that the books have a Christian origin in plates cast into a picture map of the holy city of Jerusalem


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