ISRAEL - 2,000 Year Old Beersheba Settlement Unearthed

Arno Froese

Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev archaeologists discovered the first-ever archeological evidence of a Jewish settlement in Beersheba from the Second Temple period, the IAA announced.

“The remains of the settlement extend over an area of more than two dunams,” according to Peter Fabian and Daniel Varga, respectively from the Department of Bible, Archaeology and the Ancient Near East at the Ben Gurion University, and the IAA. This includes “various buildings and installations,” and “ancient refuse pits and an underground system that may have been used as a ritual bath.”

During the excavation, archeologists also found a fragment of a candle decorated with a picture of a nine-branched candelabra believed to be the earliest appearance of a menorah in art.

“This seems to be one of the earliest known appearances discovered of menorah found in art,” said Fabian and Varga. While the menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem was said to have had seven branches, those not in the temple had anywhere between eight and 11. This is because the Babylonian Talmud stated that the Jewish people should not create a candelabra that replicates the one in Temple, hence the difference in branches.

The site dates back to 1st century CE until 135 CE, when Rome crushed the Bar Kokhba revolt. Openings were found during the excavation which the archeologists believe led to hiding places and escape routes during the rebellion.

There were also signs of a conflagration, which experts believe was during the Great Revolt—around the year 70 CE., 5 April 2019

Arno's commentary

How cautiously and precisely Israel seeks their past is repeatedly emphasized by various discoveries in the archeological field. 

However, the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s presence in the land, but considers it of Arab-Palestinian heritage.

David writes in Psalm 102:12-14: “But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.” That’s final!

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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