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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Second Temple seal found in Jerusalem

Here's another one of those discoveries that makes the Arabs seethe because it proves once again that there was Jewish life in Israel more than 2000 years ago. Archaeologists sifting through dirt that the Waqf plowed over during the course of construction on the Temple Mount have discovered a receipt from the Second Temple period.
The Antiquities Authority announced Sunday the discovery of the original store credit - an ancient seal that was used to show payments for offerings.

A 1cm by 1cm ancient seal was found with the words "Pure for God" written in Aramaic, the Antiquities Authority said.

It is the first time anything has been discovered dealing with The Second Temple administration and helps put a human spin on the day to day activities of the period.

It was discovered in Jerusalem by volunteers sifting through the dirt excavated from the north side of the Shiloah Pools in the City of David.

Due to the richness of the archaeological history, every bucket of dirt is sifted before being thrown out. About 30 coins have been found this way.
My daughter found a coin when we went to help them sift dirt during the Sukkot holiday four years ago.

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At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so exciting!

I am an American Christian with a deep interest in Israel. I have learned a lot reading various blogs and newspaper sites.

I would love to visit someday.


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