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A year of biblical discoveries in the Holy Land

JERUSALEM – Israel witnessed a series of remarkable archaeological discoveries in 2023 that revealed the presence of Jesus and the Jewish people for more than 2,000 years of uninterrupted presence in the Holy Land.

The Pool of Siloam – Biblical Affirmation:

“The excavation of the Pool of Siloam is of great importance to Christians around the world,” said the church's founder and president, American pastor John Hagee. Christians united for Israelhe told FOX News Digital earlier this year. “It was here that Jesus healed the blind man (John 9). It was also here that Jewish pilgrims purified themselves before entering the Second Temple 2,000 years ago.”

“The Pool of Siloam and the Pilgrimage Route within the City of David are one of the most moving archaeological affirmations of the Bible,” he said.

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Around the north side of the Pool of Siloam. (Koby Harati, City of David Archives)

Part of the pool has been completely excavated and has been open to the public for several years. Most of the pool is being excavated and will be opened to the public in stages or once the entire site has been excavated.

Adding to the excitement, another important excavation revealed some eight steps leading down to the Pool of Siloam in the ancient city of David (now in the heart of Jerusalem). There Jesus healed the blind man. Christian experts say the staircase excavation confirms the truth of the Bible.

The historic steps of the Pool of Siloam, where pilgrims bathed when they arrived in the City of David, coincide with the period when Jesus walked in the Holy Land.

“History is full of written testimonies of people who really influenced people. But archeology testifies whether what is written is true or false. Israel, especially the City of David Archaeological discoveries in the area undoubtedly confirm its truth and accuracy.'' “This is God's answer to the skeptics, and what He has said regarding our present lives and our future.'' It reassures believers that everything is completely reliable,” Pastor Terry Copeland Pearsons, chief vision officer of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, told FOX News Digital.

Jerusalem, Pool of Siloam

Rendering of the Pool of Siloam (Shalom Kveler & City of David Archives)

“Each archaeological discovery in Israel reaffirms two known facts: The Word of God is true, and the Children of Israel are the indigenous people of the Holy Land,” Hagy told Fox News Digital last week. Each of these facts stands alone.''In a world sadly accustomed to Jew-hatred, the concept of alternative facts, and the belief that TikTok trumps objective truth. , I do not expect the international community to see the light of truth. in a few days. “

“Nevertheless, the rock will continue to cry out and declare that God's word is true, and the Jewish people will continue to survive and thrive, as they have done for thousands of years,” he added. The Lord and His followers will never abandon His chosen people. ”

Rare Biblical era coins discovered:

The second important archaeological discovery announced by the Israel Antiquities Authority in July was the discovery of a rare silver half-shekel coin dating from the time of the first Jewish revolt against the Romans in the Judean desert more than 2,000 years ago. Met. Although the international community primarily refers to Israel's ancient Biblical land as the West Bank, many Israelis refer to the area by its Biblical name, Judea and Samaria.

For Bible scholars, archaeologists, and Israelis, the discovery of this coin is sensational. The coin is engraved with the words “Holy Jerusalem” in ancient Hebrew. This coin is dated 66/67 AD.

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The reaffirmation of the pre-Islamic Jewish presence, developed in Arabia 1,400 years ago, has been widely circulated on social media platforms, claiming that Jews “colonized” the Biblical lands through Jewish rebirth. and debunked falsehoods, mostly by Palestinians. Historians blame the collapse of the state in 1948 and the Zionist movement of the late 1800s.

“One explanation for this discovery is that coins minted in Jerusalem fell from the pockets of rebels who fled to the desert during the revolt, perhaps on their way to nearby En Gedi,” Israeli Archeology. the department said in a statement in July.

The Bible comes to life as follows. precious Gems discovered in Israel

The family-run company said it has brought the Bible verse to life after the Israeli government recognized it as the first to discover a precious gemstone in the Holy Land.

Fox News Digital reported in August that this verse, found in the book of Isaiah, states that Israel's foundations will be built with sapphires and its boundaries with precious stones. After the Taub family discovered various gemstones through their mining company, the Israeli family formed a new company in 2022 to sell them.

“…I will make your foundations of sapphires, your windows of jasper, your gates of carbuncle stones, and all your boundaries of precious stones” (Isaiah 54:11-12). The scripture says:

Ze'ev Orenstein, international director of the City of David Foundation in Jerusalem, told FOX News Digital: “Jerusalem has represented a kind of spiritual and historical North Star in most parts of the world from the past 2,000 years to the present. “It was,” he said. Or the compass, which guides literal and figurative pilgrims and travelers, near and far, in their search for meaning, purpose, faith, and identity in their personal, communal, and national lives. , I aim to connect my life to a story and mission larger than myself. , beyond the relatively short time each of us spends on Earth. ”

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“Simply put, Jerusalem is important,” he said, “and so are the heritage sites that are being excavated in places like the City of David, the historical site of Biblical Jerusalem. It is as important as it was thousands of years ago. It's important. It's much more important, and it's much more important today than it was 2,000 years ago. Billions, not millions.”

The incredible pace and intensity of excavations at the sacred site could yield breathtaking discoveries in 2024.

Fox News' Kassy Dillion contributed to this report.

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