2005-09-28

Intolerance: Seal From First Temple Found

Archaeologists have revealed they have found a Jewish seal from the period of 'The First Temple', according to Professor Gabi Barkay. The seal was discovered in debris which was taken from 'The Temple Mount' six years ago and is the first time a Jewish artifact from 'The First Temple' has been found, he added. The seal, less than ten millimetres long and made from burnt mud, bears ancient Hebrew writing and probably was used for official documents and letters, Prof. Barkay said. It is more than 2500 years old and provides a direct link with the era of King David. Arab Moslems have authority over 'The Temple Mount' site and have been systematically removing debris from 'The Temple Mount' site for years despite protests from archaeologists who fear they will lose any opportunity to find remnants of 'The First Temple'. Arabs also have waged a publicity campaign claiming that the Jewish Temples never existed on the mount. 'First Temple Seal Discovered in Arab Debris', Isreal National News, 2005-09-28/ 24 Elul5765

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