A new Jerusalem Bible Lands Museum exhibition on the rescue excavation taking place at Tel Beit Shemesh will highlight the important historical evidence being revealed. The finds uncovered will be on display for the first time and there will also be a session on the need to balance preservation and modernization.
Judea and Samaria
Zvi Koenigsberg does not come from the world of academia but he witnessed one of the most remarkable stories in archaeology: the discovery of the first altar that was built by the Hebrews in the land of Israel. This discovery has gone largely unheralded and some archaeologists have even gone to great lengths to deny the obvious.
Archaeologists claim that they have resolved a more than 50-year mystery after a ring found in the 1960’s finally had its insignia deciphered. It was assumed to belong to Pontius Pilate – Jerusalem’s infamous governor during the time of Jesus – and it was only recently that the ring’s provenance has been confirmed.