Findings from the First Temple period create this connection to the past that is exhilarating. It is as if the past never left. And really, it hasn’t.
First Temple Discovery
A huge First Temple era archaeological discovery unveiled 10 minutes from our house. Archaeologists explain, “Evidence shows that at this site, taxes were collected for agricultural produce such as wine and olive oil. 120 jar handles were found bearing seal impressions containing ancient Hebrew script. This is one of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions ever uncovered in archaeological excavations in Israel. This is one of the most important sites in the history of the final days of the Kingdom of Judah and of the return to Zion decades after the destruction of the Kingdom. It joins a number of other key sites uncovered in the area of Jerusalem connected to the centralized administrative system of the Kingdom of Judah from its peak until its destruction.”
It is amazing to have so much evidence of a Jewish Jerusalem being dug up in the Jewish homeland. It has been waiting to speak for thousands of years.
The Past is the Present
The thing about Jewish history is that it is still relevant. The past never really went away. The Jewish people carry their history with them everyday. Everything they do is guided by their past. Keeping the commandments, the holidays, the rituals – it all makes the past become the present. It is almost as if they are one and the same.
And the archeological discoveries that are constantly being made in Israel further bring this idea to life that the past and the present are so interconnected.