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At a time when Israel is so divided, this discovery proves that the land has always belonged to the Jews.

From The Jerusalem Post. A rare, half-shekel coin from the Great Revolt from 66 CE to 70 CE during the Second Temple period has been discovered in Jerusalem’s Ophel excavations south of the Temple Mount.

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Only a few days ago, a wooden box containing 15 silver coins that serve as proof of the Hanukkah story of the Maccabees – which was found recently during an excavation in the Negev Desert – was announced.

The Ophel – or citadel – is the still-extant Herodian, cased-in Temple Mount bordered to the south by a saddle, followed by the ridge known as the southeastern hill that stretches down to the King’s Garden and the lower Siloam Pool. Two kings of Judah, Yotam and Manasseh, are described in the Book of 2 Chronicles to have massively strengthened the Ophel fortifications and was either very close to or identical with the “stronghold of Zion” conquered and reused by King David.

In the destruction layer, dozens of Jewish coins were found from the period of the Great Revolt, most of them made of bronze. They also included a particularly rare and unusual find – a silver coin in a half-shekel denomination originating from 69/70 CE. …

Dig and discovery

The rare silver coin was cleaned at the conservation lab of the Institute of Archaeology and identified by Dr. Yoav Farhi, the team’s numismatic expert and curator of the Kadman Numismatic Pavilion at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Silver coins from the Great Revolt were the first and the last in ancient times to bear the title “shekel,” the archaeologist said. …

“This is the third coin of this type found in excavations in Jerusalem, and one of the few ever found in archeological excavations,” said the researchers.

During the Great Revolt against Rome, the Jews in Jerusalem minted bronze and silver coins. Most of the silver coins featured a goblet on one side, with ancient Hebrew script above it noting the year of the Revolt. …

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(Excerpt from The Jerusalem Post. Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Darlene Estlow
December 19, 2022

How interesting! Thank you Father for leaving traces to back up your Word!

Roxanne Rice
December 18, 2022

Father, please continue to uncover these precious artifacts that strengthen our knowledge of Jewish history. Let them serve as strong, compelling evidence that the Bible is true, and draw people to deep faith in the Lord of hosts.

Bless Your people Israel as they return to and fill the precious land You gave them thousands of years ago. Protect them, and draw them to Yeshua their Messiah. Amen


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