Something pretty cool:
Claiming one in the eye for the Palestinian trend of “Temple denial”, Israeli archaeologists are preparing, for the first time, to open buildings from the First Temple era to the public.
In recent years Palestinians, including leaders of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, have claimed in growing numbers that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
The new finds mean that not only can Israel cite archaeological evidence of the Second Temple but that it can also boast a major a complex of excavations from the First Temple, built some five centuries earlier.
The new excavations, which will open to the public later this month, give visitors the chance to see, and walk inside, a construction that is thought to have been commissioned by the king who built the First Temple – Solomon.
We saw the very beginnings of these excavations taking place when we visited Jerusalem three years ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they’ve found.