Unearthing the Secrets of Ancient Jerusalem

A groundbreaking archaeological study in Jerusalem has revealed new evidence aligning with the Biblical narrative, suggesting the city was more extensive during David and Solomon’s reigns than previously thought.

The study focuses on a wall in the City of David, historically attributed to Hezekiah, King of Judah, who reigned in the 7th and 8th centuries BC. It was believed Hezekiah built this fortification to protect against the Assyrian Empire. However, recent research by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science revealed surprising results. Using advanced carbon-14 dating, the team determined that the wall dates back to Hezekiah’s great-grandfather, Uzziah. Dr. Joe Uziel from the IAA states, “For decades, the assumption was that this wall was built by Hezekiah, King of Judah. But we now have compelling evidence that it dates back to the days of King Uzziah, as hinted at in the Bible.”

Biblical references support this, as the Second Book of Chronicles and the Book of Amos describe Uzziah’s construction efforts and an earthquake during his reign. Dr. Yuval Gadot from Tel Aviv University adds, “The new findings support the idea that Jerusalem experienced growth and expansion towards Mount Zion during the ninth century BC.” This study merges scientific evidence and biblical narratives, offering fresh insights into Jerusalem’s ancient history and architectural achievements.