Coins That Could Rewrite the History of Jerusalem (VIDEO)
By Diana Ungureanu/ Chisinau / Moldova.ORG/ -- In this period of time, of thieve of Christmas, all the views and traveling turn to places, considered both by Christians and by Jews and Muslims, holy. Jerusalem meets twice a year, on Christmas Eve and on Easter, foreigners that believe different faiths and religions, in a great number.
Today we turn our gaze on Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, considered holy by Jews.
Wailing Wall is known as the last remnant of the Temple of Yahweh, destroyed by Roman army in 70 AD. The history of this wall begins have begun in tenth century BC, when Solomon, David’s son, built the first temple dedicated to God, but it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586.
The second temple would be in 516 built on the place of the first one and in 19-36 BC Herod the Great would extend it. During the Herod’s times, there would be built four walls around the Esplanade, to support the whole building. The current wall is actually the western wall of artificial platform support, on which stood the temple. The great temple, which housed the Ark of Covenant, was destroyed in 70 by Romans.
This was the official and indisputable version. But the recent discovery of some coins in the wall foundation, which are originated since the time of the Judea procurator Valerius Gratus, the precursor of Pontius Pilate and which date since 17 AD, are intended to rewrite the history of the temple.
It seems that the temple was built later. The archeologist Ronny Reich says that the coins were discovered in a former public bath, which was lately incorporated into the temple, to support the new wall. Therefore, the Wailing Wall, also called the Western Wall, was not built by the infamous king Herod, but by his descendants, some decades later.
Another historian, Josephus Flavius, dared to suppose that the Temple was finished only by the king Agrippa II, the grandson of Herod, in 50 AD. After only 20 years, the Temple would be destroyed completely by the Romans, as a punishment to the revolt of the Jews. This theory has been neglected and considered wrong, but the discovery of the coins has to entitle the historian.
In such a way or else, the Wailing Wall remains to be the place where the Jews go and piously deplore the Jerusalem condition and the destroying of the Holy Temple and it seems to remain so.