When we read the article in the newspaper Haaretz dot com of 19 December 2019 titled “Bible-Era Temple Found Near Jerusalem May be Linked to Ark of the Covenant,” we knew that we couldn’t wait for the month of April to repeat our pre Passover holiday excursion (see and read my previous two reviews of tours attraction).
So we came and spent the 10-15 minutes to climb to the top. There, we attached ourselves to a group of American religious people who were already there- with a guide.
It wasn’t a long time until we were taken to the excavation of a room where the famous stone table is- and I stood alone in the room, staring at that stone table in awe and reverence and contemplation, considering that I was in a place next to where the Ark of the Covenant had been placed (read the story for yourself in the Book oh Samuel). Of course I did not touch it after such sanctity had been there, even though it was 3000+ years ago. I am attaching photos for you to see, though.
Hey- also consider that the path on which the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the town of House of the Sun is described in the Bible in Hebrew as a “track” (maslul), and today, there are train tracks on the same path, using that same Hebrew word.
Next, we were taking down a treacherous metal and then hewn slippery narrow dark and difficult stone (not quite wide enough for one person at as time) steps into a magnificent ancient water quarry (see my photos of that, including of looking up from the bottom to the top opening).
We were then taken to see a perfect excavation of a villa house, which sits directly on the edge of the highway a mere two meters away, and we were told that this one is from First Temple times too- that’s 3000+ years ago.
.... and all that was just of the old established excavations from decades ago.
Then the group went to the other side and into the city to see the ongoing active new excavation since last year, and of course we followed- it is still massive and there were at least 50 workers!! We saw crates of discarded ancient shards of pottery (see my photos).
We heard again about the ongoing conflict of preserving our past and the struggles to build a modern highway straight through the middle of these excavations.
The place remains totally undeveloped and totally unprepared to receive and educate the average tourist visitor.
Suffice it to say that these seem to me to be among the most important, significant massive and large and well preserved excavations in the entire State of Israel.