Hebrew Voices #3 – Temple Mount Treasures

Zachi Dvira holding a paving stone from Herod's Temple. This piece of bituminous limestone was smoothed by millions of Jewish pilgrims who visited the Temple in the First Century AD. Yeshua of Nazareth may have stepped foot on this very paving stone.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 examines 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.

Help support uncovering treasures from the Temple Mount Sifting Project .

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.

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Show Notes:

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.

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.

Verses Mentioned:

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In this photo, Nehemia is holding a fragment of a frieze that decorated the facade of the Second Temple. It contains burn marks that scorched it when the Romans burned the Temple in 70 CE.

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This 7th century BCE seal impression is the first ancient Hebrew inscription ever found on the Temple Mount. The inscription indicates that it belonged to the priestly family Immer mentioned in Jeremiah 20:1 and 1 Chronicles 24:14.

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An arrowhead fired during the Babylonian destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.

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A half-shekel from the time of the Jewish Revolt in 66 CE. Every Jew would contribute a half-shekel to the Temple based on Exodus 30:13 in order to be counted as part of the Congregation of Israel. Decades before this coin was produced, the only silver accepted at the Temple was the Tyrian Half Shekel bearing the image of Melkart, the god of Tyre. In the First Century, Jews making their pilgrimage to Jerusalem were forced to exchange their perfectly good silver for that pagan coin. This was opposed by a preacher from Nazareth named Yeshua who turned over the tables of the money-changers. The dominion of the money-changers finally ended with the production of this Hebrew coin that bears the inscription in Paleo-Hebrew חצי השקל "The Half Shekel." The back of the coin says, ירושלם קדשה "Holy Jerusalem."

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11 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices #3 – Temple Mount Treasures

  1. כִּי-אֶבֶן, מִקִּיר תִּזְעָק; וְכָפִיס, מֵעֵץ יַעֲנֶנָּה
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  2. Amazing! Thank you for such encouraging, enthusiastic, archeologically sound proof and teaching. I’m enjoying the Hebrew Voices show more and more. We cannot thank you enough. Shalom from Florida

  3. Awesome!!! Can’t wait my husband and I will be in Israel for 2 weeks in March and I already sent an email to reserve a spot…Thanks for the post (link)…Shalom >

  4. Incredible! You are doing what is your love! I enjoyed the article “Hidden Treasures of the Temple Mount.” Keep up the momentum and your passion!

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