Author Topic: 2,000-Year-Old Second Temple Found By Western Wall In Jerusalem Revealed  (Read 340 times)

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The title of the article is mis-leading.

First, it isn't part of the "second temple" that was unearthed, it is only a building purportedly from the same period as the temple.

Second, the site wasn't "found" recently.  It was discovered over 120 years ago.  What happened recently is that an archaeological restoration project there completed, and it is being opened to the public for viewing.

Also, I highly doubt that the building was from the second temple era.  If so, then Jesus prophecy about the utter destruction of the city failed.  More likely it is part of the Roman re-build of the city that happened about 80 years later.

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It is indeed a misleading title.

Long ago Josephus recorded the utter destruction of the temple, down to the ground, as Christ also predicted beforehand. 

"Now, as soon as the army had no more people to slay or to plunder, because there remained none to be objects of their fury (for they would not have spared any, had there remained any other such work to be done) Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city and temple, but should leave as many of the towers standing as were of the greatest eminency; that is, Phasaelus, and Hippicus, and Mariamne, and so much of the wall as enclosed the city on the west side.  This wall was spared, in order to afford a camp for such as were to lie in garrison; as were the towers also spared, in order to demonstrate to posterity what kind of city it was, and how well fortified, which the Roman valor had subdued; but for all the rest of the wall, it was so thoroughly LAID EVEN WITH THE GROUND by those that DUG IT UP TO THE FOUNDATION, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited.  This was the end which Jerusalem came to by the madness of those that were for innovations; a city otherwise of great magnificence, and of mighty fame among all mankind."  (Wars 7.1.1)

Josephus went on to describe the manner in which Simon bar Gioras was taken prisoner by the Romans.  He had been the main Zealot commander over Jerusalem at the close of AD 70, and at the very end of the siege, he went underground into the subterranean tunnels beneath the temple location, with provisions for some of his faithful friends and a number of stone masons among his loyal followers, hoping to dig a tunnel to safety and escape.  This effort failed, and Josephus said that "Simon, thinking he might be able to astonish and delude the Romans, put on a white frock, and buttoned upon him a purple cloak, and appeared OUT OF THE GROUND IN THE PLACE THE TEMPLE *HAD FORMERLY BEEN*."  (Wars 7.2.1 - 29)   No temple left standing at that point.   

The article's title is wrong. 


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Jarrod and 3R,

I have posted the pics but not the video from the link here.

The video itself , though, does have some interesting things shown such as suggested purification bath,

Please give me you educated guess as to what this building was used for.

Thanks


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Jarrod and 3R,

I have posted the pics but not the video from the link here.

The video itself , though, does have some interesting things shown such as suggested purification bath,

Please give me you educated guess as to what this building was used for.
"Archaeologists believe that the rooms were used for dining with wooden reclining couches that were not preserved."

I have no reason to disagree with that.  Also according to the article, the structure originally was 2 rooms, but was overhauled at some point to add a third room with a ritual bath.

I would hypothesize that the original two-room structure was built by the Romans.  After destroying Jerusalem they re-built the city (naming it Aelia Capitolina) in the late 1st century. 

When the Jews rebelled in 132AD and overthrew Roman rule, the building was probably re-modeled to include the ritual bath, which was something they needed, but the Romans did not.

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