Israel: Archaeologists restore Temple floor where Jesus walked

second-temple-floor-restorationJoseph Hartropp

Fragments of the floor of the Temple on which Jesus once walked have been restored to their original condition.

Israeli archaeologists have restored floor tile fragments they believe originally stood in Jerusalem’s Second Temple.

The temple was destroyed in AD 70, with its ruins now known as the Temple Mount to Jews, and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.

For Gabriel Barkay, an archaeologist who has excavated in Jerusalem for over 50 years, the restoration is profoundly significant. Speaking to Media Line, he said, “It is very touching for me to realise that these are the actual floors upon which our forefathers walked and sacrificed as they were active on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago.”

The reconstructed tiles are part of the Temple Mount sifting project, an Israeli endeavor which began in 2005. The intiative commenced after the Muslim Waqf, a religious trust which controls the holy site, removed 400 truckloads of artefact-saturated soil from the holy site for the expansion of nearby mosque. The extraction of the soil was an opportunity for excavating a site previously untouched because of the sensitivity surrounding the site, which is significant to both Muslims and Jews and has frequently been a flashpoint of controversy.


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