Thursday, May 24, 2012

FOTO: Cap Kuno Ditemukan di Yerusalem

Arkeolog Israel mengatakan pada Rabu (23/5) bahwa mereka telah menemukan bukti pertama yang mendukung Perjanjian Lama akan keberadaan Bethlehem, ratusan tahun sebelum kota itu menjadi terkenal sebagai tempat kelahiran Yesus. Bukti itu berupa cap dari tanah liat yang ada di tembok Kota Tua Yerusalem dan bertuliskan tiga baris aksara Yahudi dengan kata 'Bethlehem'. Eli Shukron yang memimpin penggalian dari Otoritas Benda Antik Israel mengatakan bahwa cap ini ditaruh di pengiriman pajak produk perak dan pertanian dari Bethlehem kepada Raja Judah di dekat Yerusalem pada 8-7 SM. "Inilah untuk pertama kalinya nama Bethlehem muncul di luar Injil dalam pahatan dari periode First Temple (1006-586 SM)," kata Shukron lewat sebuah pernyataan seperti dikutip Reuters.

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A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed just outside Jerusalem's Old City

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A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed just outside Jerusalem's Old City May 23, 2012. Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday they have discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem's existence centuries before the town became the birthplace of Jesus. The proof came, they said, in the clay seal.

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A hanout picture released by Israeli Antiquities Authority website shows a tiny clay seal inscribed with the word "Bethlehem" in what is believed to be the earliest evidence for the existence of the ancient biblical city.

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A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed by Eli Shukron, who directed the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, just outside Jerusalem's Old City May 23, 2012. Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday they had discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem's existence centuries before the town became revered as the birthplace of Jesus. The proof came, they said, in a clay seal unearthed near the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and imprinted with three lines of ancient Hebrew script that include the word "Bethlehem".

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IAA archaeologist Eli Shukron shows an ancient seal, at the City of David in Jerusalem

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Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologist Eli Shukron shows an ancient seal, at an archaeological site known as the City of David in Jerusalem December 25, 2011. Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found the 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem's Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblical Jewish Temple. The Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, is seen in the back.

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