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New Egypt Antiquities Chief Quits Leaving Priceless Treasures in Danger

Photo Courtesy Egyptian Gazette (Link at bottom)

Tuesday September 20, 2011 In Cairo Egypt, Mohamed Abdel Fatah who took over the job after Zahi Hawass Quit as head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that because of the many strikes by employees and picketers he resigns. Since Mubarek has been outed, outbreaks of violence and strikes have been on the rise.  “Condition have become chaotic and I am afraid to say that the SCA is now completely paralysed,” he said.  This means that the vast amount of ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures are in danger of possible looting and damage. These outbreaks can destroy what so many archaeologists have worked so hard to bring. Full story found on the Egyptian Gazette here: Egypt antiquities chief quits 

Ancient Bell found in Jerusalem Sewer!

Like the infamous ring found by the creature Golum (Then Smeagol from the Lord of the Rings), an ancient small bell, probably worn by a priest 2000 years ago, laid in a dark place for centuries waiting to be found.  Israeli Archaeologists discovered the what they call a “rare find”  underneath the streets of Jerusalem last week in an ancient sewer not far from the temple mount, the holiest place on earth. When Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities obtained it for study he attempted what anyone would do: he shook it!  To his surprise a metallic ringing of sorts emitted into the ears of those nearby.

The orb half an inch in diameter has a tiny loop which allows it to be sewn as an ornament to clothes.  It more the likely belonged to a wealthy resident or even possibly a high priest of the Living God!

How did it arrive in a sewer all those years ago? Well a temple priest “walked in the street, and somehow the golden bell fell from his garment into the drainage channel,” Shukron said.

What does this prove? It proves yet again that Archaeology does not conflict the history shown in the Word of God:

Read Exodus 39:24-26   And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen. And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/24/ancient-bell-found-in-jerusalem-old-city-sewer/#ixzz1T9UuZZsk

The First Temple in Jerusalem is JEWISH!?

Archaeologists uncover evidence clearly showing the first temple in Jerusalem as in fact belonging to the Jewish People.

As Palestinians have for years denied the ownership of Israel, Israeli archaeologists are preparing to open to the public, the ruins of the first temple so all may see that the Temple in Jerusalem was in fact that of Solomon and of the Hebrew people.

“This demonstrates the way it all happened and the biblical description is shown very nicely in archaeology,” said Eilat Mazar, the Hebrew University archaeologist who uncovered the finds for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Now for the first time, visitors can touch the ancient stones and picture themselves in the time of Solomon as they roam the ruins.

Photo courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

Learn more on these news pages:

 http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=315145

http://www.thejc.com/node/50999

Archaeological Finding – The Name of God YHWH

If you haven’t seen this, its very interesting and is a great story about a find of tiny scrolls in Jerusalem. The scrolls contained the priestly benediction as read below:

May YHWH bless you and guard you – יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
May YHWH make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you – יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
May YHWH lift up his face onto you and give you peace – יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

Beautfully done video, must see and if you live in the US you can watch the full video here:

http://video.pbs.org/video/1051895565/

Full Transcript Here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3516_bible.html

Video Real Title: The Bible’s Buried Secrets

Rare Artifacts Resurface after 35 Years in Sinai Peninsula

There is some good news coming out of the  Egyptian Revolution.

“In March 3, the Egyptian press reported that 30 truckloads of antiquities had been moved for safekeeping from the Qantara storage facilities to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Included were “Sinai artifacts that were retrieved from Israel following the signing of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.”’

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Included in the artifacts is a 400-pound stone bowl with an inscription on the rim in paleo- Hebrew letters – “Yahweh, spelled with four Hebrew letters (YHWH), known in scholarly literature as the tetragrammaton, is the personal name of the Hebrew God.”

 

Full Story Here: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=211997

Who Invented the Alphabet? Illiterate Workers or Sophisticates?

Professor of Egyptology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,Orly Goldwasser and Anson Rainey, emeritus professor of Ancient Near Eastern Culture and Semitic Languages at Tel Aviv University argue it out as one believes it was Canaanite miners who created first alphabet while the other thinks it was highly sophisticated Northwest Semites.

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Full Story Here: http://www.bib-arch.org/scholars-study/alphabet.asp

Archaeologists Discover Prophet Zechariah’s Burial Place

(disclaimer: possibly)

Biblical Prophet Zechariah’s burial place may have been discovered in the Judean Hills, some 20 miles from Jerusalem.   Palastinian looters were actually first to find the site, and archaeologists were there soon after to uncover what appeared to be the remains of a 1,500 year old church building.

Biblical Burial Site Location

photo credit: cbn.com

Archaeologist on scene Shai Bar-Tura had this to say, “In order to prevent, save, and salvage whatever archaeological finds were there, the Israel Antiquities Authority decided to start excavating and the results were fantastic…We’re trying to figure out why such a significant building was built here,”

Underneath one part of the Building, an ancient tomb was found, the archaeology experts agree that it might have been the tomb of prophet Zechariah and the church was built on top of it as a memorial.

The Bible is full of history and stories that are verifiable! Archeology provides proof beyond doubt that the Bible is not fairy tales but real happenings, just as things are happening today.

Full story found here:  Archaeologists Discover 1,500-Year-Old Church , Article by Julie Stahl, CBN News Correspondant.

Sodom and Gomorrah – Archaeology Site Found!

Historian and Author Michael Rood in his show “A Rood Awakening From Israel” takes you to Israel to the cities of the plain: Sodom and Gomorrah. Rood shows the brimstone found there that is found no where else.  He shows ashen remains of the cities still seen with right angles and roofed structures.  This takes Bible archaeology to the level where the average person can understand and see that scriptures hold truth that cannot be denied.  See videos below, Source here: Sodom and Gomorrah Bible Archaeology