In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Temple Mount Treasures, Nehemia speaks with Zachi Dvira (Zweig), co-founder and co-director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Dvira relates the shameful history of when the Islamic Religious "Waqf" bulldozed 9,000 tons of material from the Temple Mount and dumped it in the nearby Kidron Valley. But the news gets better as we learn how Israeli scholarship, ingenuity, technology, and chutzpah are reclaiming the travesty and unearthing treasures—one bucketful at a time.
Nehemia Gordon gets to examine some of the most important artifacts that have been meticulously salvaged—a horseshoe nail from the Knights Templar, a rare Yehud coin, potsherds with Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions, a gold "Napoleon" coin, the finger of a smashed idol, and a bronze arrowhead that guarded King Solomon. All amazing, but you will really feel the chill as Nehemia holds a stone bearing burn marks from the destruction of the second Temple.
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Zachi Dvira is an Israeli archaeologist from Bar-Ilan University who directs the Temple Mount Sifting Project and a renowned researcher of the Temple Mount. He is noted for having been the first person to recognize the archaeological importance of the debris that was illegally removed by Islamic authorities from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and initiated a project for the only archaeological examination of remains from the Temple Mount.
The photo at the top of this page shows archaeologist Zachi Dvira holding a paving stone from the Second Temple. This piece of naturally occurring asphalt was smoothed by millions of Jewish pilgrims who visited the Jerusalem Temple in the First Century AD. Yeshua of Nazareth may have stepped foot on this very paving stone.
- Psalm 102:12-15 [Heb. 13-16]
- Exodus 30:13 [Heb.]
- 2 Samuel 24 [Heb.]
- Jeremiah 20:1-3 [Heb.]
- 1 Chronicles 24:14 [Heb.]
Next time you are in Jerusalem, make sure to get your hands in the archaeology of the ancient Jerusalem Temple by volunteering for the Temple Mount Sifting Project.