November 23, 2011

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New Revelations Concerning the Origin of the Temple Mount Wall In archaeological excavations alongside the ancient drainage channel of Jerusalem, a very old ritual bath (mikveh) was recently discovered that challenges the conventional archaeological perception which regards Herod as being solely responsible for the construction of the Temple Mount wall. Recently, reinforcement and maintenance measures were implemented in the pavement of Jerusalem’s main street dating from 2,000 years ago and used by pilgrims when they went up to the Temple Mount. This was done as part of the project to re-expose the drainage channel that passes beneath the street, running from the Siloam Pool in the City of David to the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden near the Western Wall. In an excavation beneath the paved street near Robinson’s Arch, sections of the Western Wall’s foundation were revealed that is set on the bedrock—which is also the western foundation of Robinson’s Arch—an enormous arch that bore a staircase that led from Jerusalem’s main street to the entrance of the Temple Mount compound. According to Professor Reich [assistant to the director of the excavation] “It became apparent during the course of the work that there are rock-hewn remains of different installations on the natural bedrock, including cisterns, ritual baths and cellars. These belonged to the dwellings of a residential neighborhood that existed there before King Herod decided to enlarge the Temple Mount compound.

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