Archaeologists May Have Found Site of Jesus’ Trial Before Herod

Tower of David Credit Wayne McLeanJERUSALEM — Archaeologists in Israel believe that they have located the site of Jesus’ trial in Jerusalem after 15 years of digging underneath a prison in the country.

According to reports, the location was adjacent to the Tower of David museum in Jerusalem, under the floor of a building that had been abandoned. Almost two decades ago, researchers began exploring under the building, which once served as a prison when the area was under Turkish and British rule. They found what they believe are the remains of a palace.

Now, after years of digging, archaeologists believe that the location is actually King Herod’s palace—where Jesus stood trial before being crucified.

Luke 23 explains that as Jesus stood before Pilate, He was sent to Herod as it was learned that Jesus was from Galilee, which was under Herod’s jurisdiction.

“And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time,” it reads. “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad, for he was desirous to see Him of a long season, because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned with Him in many words; but He answered him nothing.”

The exact location of the site where Jesus was on trial before Herod has been debated as some have varying definitions of the Bible’s use of the word “praetorium,” which to some denotes a military tent and others a residential palace. However, if Jesus was indeed inside Herod’s palace, historians express surety that the palace was in the vicinity of the dig site. Some also believe that the discovery lines up with Scripture.

“There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened here, but everything—archaeological, historical and gospel accounts—all falls into place and makes sense,” Shimon Gibson, an archaeology professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, told the Washington Post.

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The site is now open for touring by the public, and some believe that Christians may take interest in visiting the location.

“For those Christians who care about accuracy in regards to historical facts, this is very forceful,” said Yisca Harani, a Holy Land expert. “For others, however, those who come for the general mental exercise of being in Jerusalem, they don’t care as long as [their journey] ends in Golgotha—the site of the Crucifixion.”

As previously reported, archaeologists in Israel also believe that they have found an ancient synagogue where Jesus may have taught. Those digging in Magdala, just five miles from the biblical city of Capernaum, uncovered evidence of a first century Jewish synagogue, including an ornately-decorated stone block that was most likely used as a platform for reading the Torah.

Experts believe Magdala was the home of Mary Magdalene, who is described in the New Testament as a follower of Jesus “from whom He had cast out seven demons.” Due to the site’s proximity to Capernaum, where Jesus lived for a time, archaeologists say Jesus likely taught at the Magdala synagogue. Numerous Bible verses, including Matthew 12:9 and 13:54, state that Jesus regularly taught at synagogues throughout Israel.

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  • Neiman

    I am so glad that they are not sure and that there is controversy, as man tends to want to create idols to worship and if this was definitely known to be where Jesus stood before Herod, it would quickly and terribly become a holy site.

  • James Grimes

    Modern day archaeology is confirming more of the biblical account every day. Of course, this is only meaningful to a certain group of people.

    • jmichael39

      James, did you see that guy trying to insinuate that the Sinai Bible (the oldest full version of the bible after the councils put the bible together) has no account of the resurrection in it? I will give him credit for trying a new approach to the resurrection argument. Well, not really new, per say, but new for these pages.

      What he didn’t do was actually do his homework. Once I showed him utterly and completely wrong in his statements, I haven’t heard or seen him on here since.

      • James Grimes

        No, I did not see this. I will look for the article. Thanks.

        I found this – http://www.vatileaks.com/_blog/Vati_Leaks/post/A_glaring_omission_in_World’s_oldest_Bible

        • jmichael39

          Yeah, that’s the article this guy was sharing. What he failed to do was actually read it and research it. While the pages for chapter 16 of Mark are missing from the manuscript we have for the Sinai Bible, it, by no means, implies that the chapter was not in the original manuscript. And view of the manuscripts as seen in the London Museum shows there are entire sections of pages destroyed and missing. It is quite easy to deduce that Chapter 16 of Mark is simple a missing part of the original manuscript.

          But there is more to it. Even IF he could successful argue that Mark 16 was never part of the Sinai Bible, Matt. 28, John 21 and Luke (along we tons of references to the resurrection of Christ in the epistles) are all there in the Sinai Bible.

          On top of that, all sorts of writing from very early church fathers from the 1st-3rd centuries all reference the Resurrection account.

          As I said, when presented this information to this guy, I haven’t heard from him again.

          • James Grimes

            You probably won’t hear from the guy. A lot of Atheists and pseudo – Christians like to bark up a storm and then go into hiding. Thanks for sharing. I will look into it more and see what I learn.

  • pax2u

    There will be some who will see this as proof of Jesus Christ, but only for certain people and the rest are damned to hell, while others will be see this as a terrible potential to confirm a holy site.
    hypocrites will also say that Jesus made prophecies that are not in the Bible
    They should read and believe in the Bible, the True Word of God

  • Anonymous

    There’s also the smithsonian coverup of the nephilim, heck they hide proof of God found everyday. It’s the NWO’s plan to destroy Christianity.

  • John Mark IB

    haha come on really? be serious hasn’t science and mankind and science falsely so called at least, disproven GOD? and hasn’t all the evidence for biblical Archaeology always been found to go against the biblical record?? just being sarcastic of course, I’d expect nothing less than for them to continue finding all the wonderful witnesses of His Truth!! in Biblical Israel it’s His witness to the know better scientists who think He’s dead!! and as for the NWO well not to worry about that, we’re living in an obviously postmodern or is it post Christian society?, signs of the times on the wall!! and anyways it’s GOD’S plan that the way his Word says it will play out will do so, in his time of course and His way, and in the 7 remaining years that are left from the 70 weeks on the Daniel’s prophetic (GOD’S) time clock He’ll deal with Israel exclusively!! Rapture me outta here beam me up Scotty!! so may His will not mine be done and fight the good fight stand for truth and righteousness in this darkening world dying and lost here’s the way to give them hope see the seeds and pass them on thanks and May GOD bless you with love joy and peace always in Jesus name amen! see the hope and pass it on neat stuff here solidly Biblical deep food!! for the soul!! have a blessed day
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    http://www.pillarandground.org/home/?page_id=36
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    http://www.discoverthebible.org

  • John Mark IB

    someone can maybe please tell me I’m sure this will bring out the antiChrists and atheists but please tell me one truly legitimate Archaeological piece of evidence that can or does prove the Bible to be in error or false and well that should settle it for us all then right?? I mean if the men in white suits are able to show us that the biblical record is wrong and the whole Israeli History is wrong then we should be able to have an overwhelming abundance of evidence to the contrary of it right? to prove the bible wrong?? just sayin….:)
    but truth be told they haven’t found it and it doesn’t exist but to the contrary everytime they say nope this never happened they have to backtrack and eat their words because they find more and more incredible witnesses to the authenticity of GOD’S Holy Word and His record!!
    haha I’ll still rely on GOD’S Preserved Words in English KJV and faith that He is The one who meant what He said and said what He meant from beginning to end GOD bless you, and have a blessed week

  • John Mark IB

    and one more thing now this is neat in the future in order to rebuild the Temple how in the world are they going to do it if the so called muslims dome of the rock is on the Holy place of Abraham mount Moriah? my theory is somehow they’ll discover that they can indeed build the Temple right there next to the dome and it’ll be astonishing, and since they’re already to set up the prefabricated walls, and stuff, all the clothing and utensils, forgot about the red heifer ashes? the Sanhedrin too is in place? with everything to go! just waiting the right timing, and of course the man who will sign the contract comes to being, the antichrist for the last 7 years, so it’s very intense and very interesting in the Land Ha Eretz Yisrael!