The Temple of King Solomon and the treasury has been the basis of many stories, movies, or books. The Temple gold and silver has long been believed plundered by the Babylonians, Romans, and a host of other conquerors. Rumors of the Temple treasury being spirited away by these plunderers have persisted through the ages.
However there are those that believe that the various underground tunnels and secret compartments may still hold a good portion of the accumulated wealth. That belief was substantiated recently with the discovery of a cache of gold and silver coins at the foot of the Temple Mount.
Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University proclaimed the cache of gold coins, gold jewelry, silver jewelry, and gold medallion found to be a “breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery”.
Mazar is a third generation archaeologist who directs excavations in the City of David where her team’s discoveries confirm Israel’s connection to the Holy Land exactly as stipulated by the Torah and Bible scriptures. The discovered gold and silver valuables were uncovered at the ruins of a public building from the Byzantine period just 50 meters from the Temple Mount’s southern wall.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an avid student of the Bible and touted the find with great enthusiasm and awe.
“This is a magnificent discovery. Nationally, it attests to the ancient Jewish presence and to the sanctity of the place; this is a clear as the sun and it is tremendous”, Prime Minister Netanyahu articulated,
“It is interesting that even then, over 500 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, we see the menorah in its original illustration. This is historic testimony of the highest order to the Jewish people’s link to Jerusalem, to its land, and to its heritage,” remarked Netanyahu in a interview released to the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN).
Thousands of manuscripts, thousands of archaeological digs, and ongoing finds continue to verify the authenticity of information found in the Torah and Bible. Scoffers of Jewish and Christian history ridiculed claims as King David’s dynasty because no viable proof was ever uncovered by historical evidence.
That was until 2005 when Mazar uncovered King David’s palace in Jerusalem. There were other diggings that uncovered mention of King David, but this was the first proof uncovered in Jerusalem.
Speculation has been increased substantially concerning one of the most storied artifacts in religious history, the Ark of the Covenant. There is a belief that the ark never fell into the hands of enemies conquering Jerusalem and was safely put away in one of the secret vaults and rooms beneath the ruins of the Second Temple.
With the credentials Mazar has, it would be a safe wager she could very well be the one to uncover the site of where the Ark of the Covenant is buried. It would be an Earth shattering event.