21 June 2011

A Good Sign, A Very Good Sign

After reading the comment by Elliot, "Close encounters," left on this blog, I was left in a mysterious state of mind. I had read the orig article some time ago, but had forgotten it.

Then I read this amazingly uplifting feature on the June 21 online JPost:

Best preserved site of First Temple Ruins inaugurated.

Scholars believe [this] area is the "Water Gate" mentioned in the Bible; activists denounce site's focus on Israeli history only. A large complex of ruins from the First Temple Period called the Ophel City Walls Site was inaugurated on Tuesday in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park, showcasing one the most complete excavations from the First Temple Period and the area believed to be the "Water Gate" mentioned in the bible. Read more here .

The Mayor of Jerusalem deserves our appreciation, for his words:

“Our future lies in the fact that we can reconstruct our past,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who attended the inauguration along with East Jerusalem Development Company director Gideon Shamir, and representatives from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority. “This site shows the world how the city looked so we can understand the layers of history,” said Barkat. “Part of our strategy is to respect the history of Jerusalem through its layers,” he said, adding that every effort would be made to “expose every piece of Jewish history.”

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