2,000-Year-Old Evidence Of Final Battle Of Yerushalayim Unveiled

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Amid this week’s celebrations making the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Yerushalayim, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority unveiled evidence of the battle of Yerushalayim that took place before the destruction of the Bayis Shaini 2,000 years ago.

Arrowheads and stone ballista balls fired by catapults were uncovered on the main road that ascended from the city’s gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Bais Hamikdash, the IAA said Thursday.

The artifacts, excavated with the financial support of the City of David Society, tell the story of the final battle between the Roman army and Jewish rebels that ended with the destruction of the Second Temple and the rest of ancient Yerushalayim, events that are famously described by historian Flavius Josephus.

“Josephus’s descriptions of the battle in the lower city come face-to-face for the first time with evidence that was revealed in the field in a clear and chilling manner,” said Nahshon Szanton and Moran Hagbi, directors of the IAA excavation, in a joint statement.

“Stone ballista balls fired by catapults, used to bombard Jerusalem during the Roman siege of the city, were discovered in the excavations. Arrowheads, used by the Jewish rebels in the hard-fought battles against the Roman legionnaires, were found exactly as described by Josephus,” the directors added.




  1. Has any of these chachomin figured out that this is what happens when jews rebel against the tora or is this just a nice piece of history that is interesting with no impact on how we must live life

    • Churban bais sheini happened because of sinas chinom. In fact, as the status quo is that Yisroel is on top and we have beis hamikdosh, there is a churban happening every day as long as we don’t get rid of the sinas chinom. Can we blaim chilonim – they are majority tinokey shenishba and can’t be held responsible. While the genuine apikorsim are cut off from Am Yisroel, hence can’t be the cause of failure of Am Yisroel. Therefore, it is us the frum people who are responsible for the ongoing churban due to sinas chinom. All the cliques, shiduch crises, yeshivos admissions’ Chilul H – are all symptoms of sinas chinom. We should own up to our failures, and correct them.

  2. How could this be? Haven’t the arabs convinced the world the Yidden were never there? Hasn’t there been a declaration by the UN to this claim been ratified : Jews have no claim to Jerusalem and certainly not the Temple Mount , חס ושלום)?
    When the world remains in denial articles of proof such as these will never change anything! The world wishes not to be confused by the facts: their mind has been made up!
    גלות, ווי לאנג ביסטו????? ו


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