Archaeological discovery: Old Testament-era gate, high place found

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a sacred structure known as a high place and a gate to a city that existed during the days of the Old Testament.

Professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska headed the excavation, which took place in the ancient city of Bethsaida in the Golan Heights-based Jordan Park.

In an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday, Arav explained that the newly discovered high place, found last week, was comprised of three stele, or standing up stones.

“One of the steles was iconic and depicts the moon-god of the Arameans. This is unusual discoveries since there are only six steles of this type preserved from the ancient world,” explained Arav.

“One was discovered some years ago at Bethsaida, another one was discovered last week and four others were discovered in sites ranging from the northern Kingdom of Jordan to south Turkey. The moon-god was one of the most important gods of the Arameans.”

Arav also told CP that the city gate they found was “unique since it is the only city gate of a capital city preserved from the Southern Levant from the biblical period.”

Source : Christian Post