Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel — The Middle East
The most important and most ancient of Biblical finds was discovered at this site - the Priestly Blessing (the text of which is found in Numbers 6:24-26). Altogether, this location contained some 1,000 artifacts, including bones, silver coins, jewelry, glassware, ceramics, oil lamps and more. The archeological dig was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Gabi Barkay.
The nearby caves were found to contain graves of soldiers from the 10th Roman Legion who laid siege to Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple Period, in addition to a quarry, a Byzantine church with a mosaic floor, and leftover items from the Turkish Army who used the caves as storerooms during World War I.
Location. 31° 46.141′ N, 35° 13.537′ E. Marker is in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District. Marker can be reached from S.U. Nahon Street just east of David HaMelech, on the right when traveling east. Both this historical marker, and the rock cut burial tombs that are featured on this historical marker, are located on a narrow strip of fenced off land that is located between the Menahem Begin Center to the east and the St. Andrews Church of Scotland to the west. In order to actually get to this historical marker legally you must go through the Menahem Begin Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 SU Nahon Street, Jerusalem, Jerusalem District 94110, Israel. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cave 24 (here, next to this marker); The Priestly Blessing (a few steps from this marker); Tombs from the First Temple Period (within shouting distance of this marker); Mishkenot Sheananim (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Jaffa Gate (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); The Pool of Shiloah (Siloam) (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); The Water System (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); The Large Stone Structure (approx. 1.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
More about this marker. With regards to what this marker refers to as, "The most important and most ancient of Biblical finds was discovered at this site - the Priestly Blessing." I have the good fortune of knowing the archaeologist who made this discovery, back in 1979, Dr. Judith Hadley of Villanova University. As I was preparing to come to Israel, I contacted Dr. Hadley and asked her a number of questions about some of the sites that were to be found in Israel, but in particular I wanted her insights on how to reach the site at Ketef Hinnom, where she had made her important discovery as part of Dr. Gabi Barkay's excavation team. Her insights on how to get to this historical marker, and on what I would find at this marker's location, were indispensable to the success of my locating and photographing both this historical marker and the rock cut tombs that the marker's text refers to. Here is what she has to say:
"Now, as to the site of the tombs themselves, you are right that they are right there at St. Andrew's Church of Scotland. The church was built on the limestone escarpment where the tombs are located, so the tombs are all there right below the (outside of the) church - as we were digging we would have been able to walk over to where the apse of the church was built and touch its foundations. As of 2 years ago, the last time I was there, it was still possible to see the tombs there along the escarpment. But it is now a lot trickier. The Israelis have built the "Menahem Begin Center" right on top of the ridge there below the church, and that now totally blocks access to the tombs. This is both good and bad. It is good in that the tombs are a bit more protected, but bad in that you can not get to the tombs without going through the building. Admission is free, but the building is only open during certain hours, and probably closed on Shabbat. So what you do is you go into the building (the entrance is on the side), past a guard at the door and some displays, gravitate left and go out onto the terrace, which itself has some nice views of the Hinnom Valley. Turn right and go along the building until you get to the back corner, where there is a flight of stairs going up. Go up the stairs, and at the top of the stairs is the limestone escarpment where the tombs are. There is a little walkway along the back of the building so you can see all the tombs in the escarpment, but you can also step off the walkway onto the excavations themselves. The tomb where I found the amulet is the one with six headrests carved out of the bench on the right hand side. The stairs bring you up just a little to the left of the tomb, if my memory serves correctly. Anyway, underneath the right hand bench with all the headrests is a chamber hollowed out of the rock. It was in this chamber that I found the amulet."
Regarding Ketef Hinnom. It should be noted that the artifacts recovered at this site, in particular the silver scroll amulets with the priestly blessing,
So because of this, when I visited the Israel Museum, I made a point of finding the display that showcased the silver scroll amulets, and put my youngest daughter beside the display, and took a picture.
In addition to having a display for the silver scroll amulets, right beside this display, the Israel Museum has a second display that is a reproduction of the First Temple Period, rock cut tomb, where the silver scroll amulets were found.
Also see . . .
1. 'Silver scrolls' are oldest O.T. scripture. This is a link to information provided by the Baptist Press. (Submitted on March 24, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Silver Scrolls. This is a link to information provided by the Crystalinks. (Submitted on March 24, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Miniature Writing on Ancient Amulets. This is a link to information provided by the Biblical Archaeology Society. (Submitted on March 24, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Ketef Hinnom. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 25, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
5. The Ketef Hinnom Archaeological Site in Jerusalem. This is a link to a link to a You Tube posting provided by AllAboutJerusalem. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Man-Made Features •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 24, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.