Solomon’s wall unearthed in Jerusalem

In more archaeological news, the wall that Solomon built around Jerusalem has been discovered.

“The city wall that has been uncovered testifies to a ruling presence. Its strength and form of construction indicate a high level of engineering”, [Eliat] Mazar said. The city wall is at the eastern end of the Ophel area in a high, strategic location atop the western slop of the Kidron valley.

“A comparison of this latest finding with city walls and gates from the period of the First Temple, as well as pottery found at the site, enable us to postulate with a great degree of assurance that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century B.C.E.,” said Mazar.

“This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correlate with written descriptions of Solomon’s building in Jerusalem,” she added. “The Bible tells us that Solomon built — with the assistance of the Phoenicians, who were outstanding builders — the Temple and his new palace and surrounded them with a city, most probably connected to the more ancient wall of the City of David.” Mazar specifically cites the third chapter of the First Books of Kings where it refers to “until he (Solomon) had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

This is especially significant because a whole line of liberal Biblical critics maintains that David and Solomon were mythological. Added to that are Islamic scholars who deny any and all historical claims of Jews to the Holy Land.

HT: Webmonk

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    This is so interesting. I should have followed my teenage impulse to go play in the big sandbox of archeology.

  • Joe

    This is so interesting. I should have followed my teenage impulse to go play in the big sandbox of archeology.

  • Steve in Toronto

    This is a very intriguing discovery but it important to keep in mind that Eilat Mazar is a very controversial figure in the world of biblical archeology. She is famous / infamous for the amount of deference that she shows for the biblical texts and that dating of many of her discoveries are widely disputed.

  • Steve in Toronto

    This is a very intriguing discovery but it important to keep in mind that Eilat Mazar is a very controversial figure in the world of biblical archeology. She is famous / infamous for the amount of deference that she shows for the biblical texts and that dating of many of her discoveries are widely disputed.

  • WebMonk

    Agreed, but in this case it looks like other experts in the field back her up on this site, at least as far as the dating goes. I haven’t found any other archaeologists giving statements about Solomon being the one to build this section of the walls, but the dating seems to be agreed-upon.

  • WebMonk

    Agreed, but in this case it looks like other experts in the field back her up on this site, at least as far as the dating goes. I haven’t found any other archaeologists giving statements about Solomon being the one to build this section of the walls, but the dating seems to be agreed-upon.


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