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In the Footsteps of Yeshua: A Year of Biblical Discoveries in the Holy Land

Israel witnessed a spectacular series of archeological discoveries in 2023 that revealed the presence of Yeshua and the Jewish people’s more than 2,000 years of unbroken presence in the Holy Land.

1 - The Pool of Siloam. “The Pool of Siloam’s excavation is highly significant to Christians around the world,” American pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, told American media earlier this year.

“It was at this site that Yeshua healed the blind man (John 9), and it is at this site that 2,000 years ago, Jewish pilgrims cleansed themselves prior to entering the Second Temple. The Pool of Siloam and the Pilgrimage Road, both located within the City of David, are among the most inspiring archeological affirmations of the Bible.”

Adding to the excitement, another important excavation disclosed some eight steps descending into the Pool of Siloam in the ancient city of David (now in the heart of Jerusalem), where Yeshua healed the blind man. The unearthing of the steps, according to experts on Christianity, affirms the truth of Scripture.

2 - Rare Biblical-era coin found. A second significant archaeological find, announced by the Israel Antiquities Authority in July, was the discovery of a rare silver half-shekel coin from the time of the first Jewish revolt against the Romans over 2,000 years ago in the Judean desert.

For biblical scholars, archeologists, and Israelis, the excavation of the coin is sensational because it is engraved in ancient Hebrew with the words “Holy Jerusalem.” The coin is dated to 66/67CE.

Hagee told the American news outlet, “With each archeological discovery in Israel, two known facts are reemphasized: The Word of God is true, and the Children of Israel are the indigenous people of the Holy Land… Tragically, in a world comfortable with Jew-hatred, the concept of alternative facts, and the belief that TikTok trumps objective truth, I do not expect the international community will see the light of truth anytime soon.” (FN / VFI News)

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