A grave matter

Ancient burial places create serious problems for archaeologists. Ultra-Orthodox Jews often create a scene at digs when they know or suspect that there may be Jewish tombs in the area.

The cemeteries of the Holy Land have become a ground for religious and political skirmishes. Leen Ritmeyer reported on fake Arab tombs near the Temple Mount here.

Muslim tombs have been on the eastern wall of the Old City for a long time. This photo was made looking south from outside the Lion’s Gate (or St. Stephens’ Gate). Perhaps every reader knows that this is across the Kidron Valley from the Mount of Olives which we mentioned in the previous post.

Muslim Cemetery along the East Wall of the Old City near Lion's Gate. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Muslim Cemetery along the Eastern Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem near Lion's Gate. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

In early February I noticed a large number of new tombstones with Arabic inscriptions in a small plot above the Pool of Siloam. Suspicious, to say the least.

New Tombstones above the Pool of Siloam. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

New Tombstones above the Pool of Siloam. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Later, if not sooner, all of these matters will become obvious.

“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. (John 5:28-29 NAU)

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One response to “A grave matter

  1. The “tombs” above the pool of Siloam are now labeled as “Children’s Cemetary!”

    Yes, something “fishy” is going on!

    Carl

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