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This year Israel received a wonderful New Year’s (Rosh Hashanah) gift from a team of archeologists led by Eilat Mazar.

She announced that, at the foot of the Temple Mount, the team had found a large gold medallion, “remarkably well kept and glittering,” with reliefs of a seven-branched menorah, a shofar, and a Torah—timeless fundaments of Judaism well familiar in Israel and much of the Jewish world today.

The medallion was in a fabric bag; along with it was another fabric bag containing 36 gold coins and other artifacts.

Mazar assessed that the medallion and coins were abandoned in 614 CE, the year of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem. She added:

The position of the items…indicates that one bundle was carefully hidden underground, while the second bundle was apparently abandoned in haste and scattered across the floor. …

 [T]he most likely explanation is that the findings were earmarked as a contribution toward the building of a new synagogue at a location that is near the Temple Mount. …

What is certain is that their mission, whatever it was, was unsuccessful, and its owners couldn’t return to collect it.

Mazar believes the medallion was an ornament for a Torah scroll, which would make it “the earliest such archeological find in history.” As for the coins, an Israeli expert said they “can be dated to the reigns of different Byzantine emperors, ranging from the middle of the 4th century CE to the early 7th century CE.”

Also this year Mazar’s team discovered the oldest known inscription in Jerusalem—from around 1000 BCE at the time of King David, a period of Jewish sovereignty in Israel. The medallion, however, comes from almost half a millennium after the loss of Jewish sovereignty and attests to the ongoing attachment to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

An attachment that continued up to the astounding restoration of Israel in our era.

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This is from Wikipedia, but it conforms to what I've read from other sources:

"Northwest Semitic is a division of the Semitic language family, comprising the ancient languages of today's Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, western Syria, and western Jordan, along with their modern descendants.

Traditionally Northwest Semitic is divided into two sub-groups: one of which is Aramaic, and the other comprises Canaanite (including Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Philistine) and Hebrew. In this reckoning Northwest Semitic itself is one of three divisions of Semitic along with East Semitic (Akkadian) and South Semitic (Arabic, South Arabian, and the Semitic languages of Ethiopia)."

In other words, Hebrew is closely related to Caananite and Arabic is less so. Arabs and Arabic didn't arrive in Jerusalem until the Muslim conquest of the city in 637. It would be like the Germans conquering England and then later denying that an independent country of England ever existed.

Many ancient sources mention the existence of Jews in the Holy Land from 1250 BC on. Any denial of that is just establishing the basis of a future pretext for genocide.
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my Aunty Kennedy recently got Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan just by working from a macbook air. . .......:>WWW.JOBS60.ℂOM
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I liked that bit about Islamic relics from 4000 BC.

Islam began with Mohammed, that is, 1400 years ago. There are no Islamic relics from before then, nor can there be.

There are, however, a good many Jewish relics from considerably before then.

Eilat Mazar, if I'm not mistaken, is the Israeli archaeologist who searched for -- and found! -- the royal palace of King David, portions of which do indeed date back to 1000 BC (or BCE, same thing).

Am Yisrael Chai! Or, as a modern Israeli song puts it -- "avarnu et Par'o... na'avor gam et zeh." (We lived through Pharoah; we'll live through this too.)
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my Aunty Isabelle recently got an almost new yellow Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan just by some part-time working online from home... . .......:> w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m
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I agree, but even so, substituting "BCE" for "BC" and using the exact same system for reckoning time is just plain PC and silly to boot. Whether you think Jesus was the seminal figure in world history or just another middle east holy man from the period, the fact is the western world has reckoned time from this lifetime for over 2000 years and we have no better system.
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> 614 CE, the year of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem

I think you mean 614 BCE, don't you? 614 CE is 614 AD, which would be many centuries after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. 614 BCE = 614 BC, which would have been around the time the Persians conquered Jerusalem. i.e. some time before the book of Nehemiah was written (450 - 400 BCE) when the Jews were allowed to return and rebuild.
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Google "Persian Conquest of Jerusalem" and the mystery will be cleared up. It was the Babylonians who conquered Jerusalem in that much earlier period.
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I think that you have some typos in the article. When you refer to various centuries CE I think you mean BCE (or BC for those who prefer BC/AD).
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David Hornick, "Frustrated Travel Agent or Relentless Hack Rejected by JWR"
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The Persians built an empire. The Egyptians, before the Arab invasion, built an empire. The Assyrians, Babylonians and the Hittites all built empires. The Arabs have built nothing. Even today, whatever is being built in the Arabian Peninsula is being built by foreign engineering companies. Oh, wait. Somebody did build Mecca. Perhaps it was Arabs. Perhaps that's why, today, the original parts of Mecca are being systematically destroyed by the Saudis so that it can be rebuilt to recall a past that never really existed. In a way it's like the Palestinians and their myth that they are a people. Now, take a look at the alhambra in Granada or the grand mosque in Cordoba. That's architecture that's absolutely sublime. It's the architecture of a people with a past, of a people with a history, of a people with a culture . Of course, nothing like this has ever existed in Arab lands.

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This is from Wikipedia, but it conforms to what I've read from other sources:

"Northwest Semitic is a division of the Semitic language family, comprising the ancient languages of today's Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, western Syria, and western Jordan, along with their modern descendants.

Traditionally Northwest Semitic is divided into two sub-groups: one of which is Aramaic, and the other comprises Canaanite (including Ugaritic, Phoenician, and Philistine) and Hebrew. In this reckoning Northwest Semitic itself is one of three divisions of Semitic along with East Semitic (Akkadian) and South Semitic (Arabic, South Arabian, and the Semitic languages of Ethiopia)."

In other words, Hebrew is closely related to Caananite and Arabic is less so. Arabs and Arabic didn't arrive in Jerusalem until the Muslim conquest of the city in 637. It would be like the Germans conquering England and then later denying that an independent country of England ever existed.

Many ancient sources mention the existence of Jews in the Holy Land from 1250 BC on. Any denial of that is just establishing the basis of a future pretext for genocide.
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I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing the headline, " Israel light or leper ". Grow a set and put the galut mentality behind you.
Week after week its offensiveness only grows.
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It's not without reason that some experts insist that lie detectors are far less effective with Arabs. Prevarication just doesn't spark the fear or guilt responses that it does among most Westerners. After all, it's for a higher cause, a higher truth, so what we see as a bald-faced lie and a denial of reality is to them just what they want or believe it to be.
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Indeed, and that is why lie detectors aren't useful with psychopaths.

Oh, wait, you just said that.
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