The following is an excerpt from the article:
An excavated wall in Jerusalem may hold proof of the Bible's account that the Hebrew kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem around that time, a point of dispute among scholars. The fortifications are located just outside the present-day walls of Jerusalem's Old City, next to the holy compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount.You may read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.
If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C.
That's a key point of dispute among scholars, because it would match the Bible's account that the Hebrew kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem around that time.
While some Holy Land archaeologists support that version of history -- including the archaeologist behind the dig, Eilat Mazar -- others posit that David's monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.
Speaking to reporters at the site Monday, Mazar, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called her find "the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel."
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Tags: Archaeology, Eilat Mazar, Solomon, Solomon’s Wall