ancient history

October 28, 2015 (Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com)

The unassuming slab of limestone doesn’t look like much. It’s crudely fractured and chipped on the sides, pockmarked with age, and is perched not too prominently on a shelf at the Israel Museum. But its smoothly hewn face and crisply etched Greek letters, still bearing faint traces of red paint, belie monumental significance.

“If we talk about the closest thing to the Temple we have,” said David Mevorach, senior curator of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Archaeology, “on the Temple Mount, this was closest.”

Two millennia ago, the block served as one of several Do Not Enter signs in the Second Temple in Jerusalem, delineating a section of the 37-acre complex which was off-limits for the ritually impure — Jews and non-Jews alike. Written in Greek (no Latin versions have survived), they warned: “No foreigner may enter within the balustrade around the sanctuary and the enclosure. Whoever is caught, on himself shall he put blame for the death which will ensue.”

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October 28, 2015

Ancient Temple Mount Warning Stones “Closest” Thing to Second Temple

October 28, 2015 (Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com) The unassuming slab of limestone doesn’t look like much. It’s crudely fractured and chipped on the sides, pockmarked with age, and is […]
October 16, 2015

Rare Byzantine Floor Mosaic Discovered

October 16, 2015  (Source: http://www.jpost.com) The Israel Antiquities Authority displayed a rare 1,500-year-old mosaic, depicting a map with streets and buildings from ancient Egypt, on Tuesday, two […]
October 16, 2015

New York Times Stirs Controversy Over Temple Mount

October 16, 2015  (Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org) A recent New York Times article by Rick Gladstone, titled “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place,” set out to discuss […]
October 15, 2015

Tomb of Syrian Monks Who Brought Relics of St. John Baptist to Bulgaria Discovered

October 15, 2015  (Source: http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com) [Originally reported on Oct. 11] The two human skeletons discovered recently in an Early Christian tomb on the St. Ivan (St. John) […]