Jerusalem Biblical Temple Floor Designs

Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they have for the first time reconstructed likely designs of a Biblical Jewish temple floor using original fragments.

CHR Comment: The courts of the Second Temple, reconstructed by Herod the Great, was a site where Jesus taught His disciples and where early Christians gathered for prayer. If these reconstructions prove accurate, they will give us a better sense of one place where early Christian teaching was shared. It’s important to learn more about how the reconstruction of the tiles took place.

Source: Jerusalem Biblical Temple floor designs ‘restored’ – BBC News

Edicule at Church of Holy Sepulcher under Restoration

A team of experts begins restoring the ancient tomb in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was buried, in the first such works for 200 years.

CHR Comment: Work on the Edicule was delayed due to disputes between the Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Roman Catholic groups that are responsible for it. This is one of the sites where Jesus may have been buried. Scholars have proposed other locations.

Source: Jesus’s tomb in Jerusalem undergoes restoration work – BBC News

Graffiti Sprayed on Jerusalem Church

Israeli police discovered Hebrew graffiti Sunday on the walls of a famous Jerusalem church, in what appears to be the latest vandalism attack by extremist Jews.

CHR Comment: The Dormitian Abbey had anti-Christian slogans and threats of violence painted on it. The article includes no confirmation that the vandals were Jews.

Update: Please see below the link to a more recent article about the incident, which shows that the vandalism and threats came from teenagers.

Source: Israeli police: Graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem church – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-police-arrest-jewish-suspect-in-church-vandalism/2016/01/20/6cbc08e6-bf4b-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html

Ancient Greek Citadel Discovered under Jerusalem Car Park

Israel’s antiquities body claimed Tuesday to have solved “one of Jerusalem’s greatest archaeological mysteries” by unearthing an ancient Greek citadel — the Acra — buried under a car park.

CHR Comment: The citadel built by Antiochus IV Epiphanes during the time between the testaments was likely buried when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Source: ‘Ancient Greek citadel’ discovered under Jerusalem car park