Oops: Archeologists Discover Western Wall Was Probably Not Built By Herod

Archeologists in Israel have shocked religious officials with a new finding that the revered Western Wall in Jerusalem is not what people have long believed: a wall built by the Jewish ruler Herod. Newly discovered coins underneath wall strongly indicate that it was built long after Herod’s death.

The wall has long been described as part of Herod’s compound built to replace the older Jewish temple. The area is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The coins found under the wall however are stamped by a Roman proconsul 20 years after Herod’s death.

The four bronze coins were stamped around 17 A.D. by the Roman official Valerius Gratus the predecessor to Pontius Pilate.

They would suggest that the wall was built generations after Herod. It further confirms the one contemporary account by Jewish general Josephus Flavius, who wrote that the compound was completed by King Agrippa II, Herod’s great-grandson.

It is not known if it will now be called Agrippa the Second’s wall. It does not have quite the same cache.

Source: Yahoo

25 thoughts on “Oops: Archeologists Discover Western Wall Was Probably Not Built By Herod”

  1. Otteray Scribe, you are correct we are not talking to the same people. In my opinion, “Ol Scratch” has created order in the universe, of which science (and logic) is an important part. If the science is valid and the science dates rocks as millions of years old, then it is dishonest to deny that information. I do not believe in young earth theories of creation, but hold to an old earth model.

  2. Paul, we must not be talking to the same people. I know a number of people, some in my own family, that believe carbon dating before about eight thousand years ago were “planted” there by Ol’ Scratch to fool us for some reason. Carbon dating of artifacts from tens of thousands of years ago are nothing but a “trick” to test the faith of the faithful.

    Rejection of the obvious is nothing new to them if it does not fit their own zeitgeist.

    1. Really all this talk of the devil putting the coins there. No sane christian believes such nonsense. Clearly an atheist archeologist planted them like the police plant drugs when they want to arrest someone. The same atheist archeologists also planted the so called dinosaure bones; they’re all in cahoots with the atheist scientists who fabricated the lie that is carbon dating; ask yourself how can they know how much carbon will be left after a million years without counting it.

  3. Next thing you know some crack-pot is going to claim dinosaur bones are more than 5000 years old.

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