On Nov. 15th and 16th, I have been invited by Dr. Dennis Cole to lecture at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on two topics:
• The History and Archaeology of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
• The History and Archaeology of Herodian Jerusalem.
On Nov. 18th, 9.00 am, I am scheduled to deliver a lecture for ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research), also in New Orleans, on:
• The Eastern Wall of the Temple Mount – Deciphering its Story.
The Eastern Wall is the most interesting of all the Temple Mount walls, as three types of masonry can be discerned: Herodian, Hasmonean and Iron Age (8th Century B.C.). These masonry types are directly linked with the historical development of the Temple Mount.
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I am very interested that you are lecturing on the Eastern Wall. In the recent efforts to get permission for Gabbai Barchai to excavate on the Temple Mount, consideration had to be given to whether, based in large part on what is known about the Eastern Wall, it is possible to convince the Antiquities Authority that we know precisely where we want to dig, when we look for the altar. I read article you published earlier. And I would like to see your current material, because, I had to conclude that we would be a little imprecise. Especially in the North South direction.
The Eastern Wall of the Temple Mount is the most interesting of all the walls, as it has masonry from three different periods: Iron Age (Hezekiah), Hasmonean and Herodian. The three masonry types reflect the exact location of the original square Temple Mount and its subsequent extensions. It would be most rewarding to dig a long underground tunnel, like the one along the Western Wall and would like to supervise such an excavation myself.
Mr. Ritmeyer: What´s your opinion about the paved street uncovered along the western wall temple? Do you think that it is from the time of Jesus?.
The paved Herodian street was certainly planned in the early stages of the building of the Herodian Temple Mount. The paving itself was laid during or just after the time of Pilate, as some coins with his inscription were found below the pavers. So, the street certainly was used during the time of Christ, but the paving slabs may have been laid just afterwards.
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