Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1271 City of David Channel Clear

Water Channel

City of David Water Channel

Antiquities officials in Jerusalem have announced that a drain channel that stretches the length of the Tyropean Valley, from near the Temple Mount down to the Pool of Siloam, is now clear of debris. They hope to open it up to visitors within the next year or two. This channel was used as a place of refuge and an escape route during the Roman attack on Jerusalem in the first century. We saw a bit of the lower end of this tunnel during our 2008 tour, right after we emerged from Hezekiah’s Tunnel.

We also discuss the recent excavation of a Byzantine Church in the Judean Hills, which may have been constructed to mark a tradition related to the prophet Zechariah. We move from that story to reports about the excavation of a church at Laodicea, and then the excavation of an ancient house at Paphos on Cyprus.

 

Extra bonus: The April edition of Smithsonian magazine has an article on the Temple Mount sifting project.

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