As the ancient Biblical homeland of the Jewish people and the birthplace of Christianity, Israel is a country overflowing with ancient ruins and critically important historical sites. Many thousands of important archaeological sites have not yet been excavated, and each week brings new and fascinating discoveries that shed light on those who lived in the Holy Land over the last 3,000 years.
Some of the more iconic Biblical finds discovered in Israel include Joshua’s altar in Samaria, David’s palace, and remnants of the first and second Temple in Jerusalem. Ancient fortresses like Lachish, Masada, and Hazor are only a mere sample of incredible archaeological treasures likely lying in wait under Zion’s soil.
Jerusalem, in particular, is at the epicenter of Israel’s archaeological work. Repeatedly conquered by invading armies, Jerusalem is a many-layered city in which each new conquering army, with its own unique culture and infrastructure, literally built upon the ruins of the past.
By studying the past, we illuminate the present and prepare the way for the future redemption.
Remember the days of old, consider the years of ages past; ask your father, he will inform you, your elders, they will tell you (Deuteronomy 32:7)