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The evidence corroborating the biblical narrative continues to be unearthed. People have no idea just how many names, places and events described in the bible have been found or supported by archaeology. This is just one of hundreds if not thousands of instances showing the accuracy of the bible.

In the Old Testament book of 2 Kings chapter 10, verse 27, and 2 Kings 18:1-4, we read about How King Jehu and King Hezekiah destroyed the Baal worship sites in their kingdoms.

They smashed the sacred pillar and wrecked the temple of Baal, converting it into a public toilet, as it remains to this day.

In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.

There was a large city in the bible close to Jerusalem called Lachish that today is a national park. What is significant is that archaeologists have found A “Gate Shrine” that dates the site back to King Hezekiah 700 BC. The city is mentioned many times in the bible including books of Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Joshua, Isaiah and more. The excavation director Sa’ar Ganor says the Gate Shrine points to King Hezekiah according to “Israel Today” news.

According to excavation director Sa’ar Ganor, the “Gate Shrine,” the specific site that now is being fully exposed, points to none other than King Hezekiah.

After many years of excavation, archaeologists unearthed a shrine located in the city Lachish_toiletgate. In the shrine was found twin pagan stone alters that had damage in all four corners, indicating their desecration from the braking off of the sacred horns. Another interesting find was the  ancient stone toilet (right) in the shrine, just as described in the bible.

The Shrine reveals another aspect of ancient Hebrew life and that is the practice of the “City Gate” being the hub of life for the city. Within the Gate is the remains of benches were city officials would sit according to Ganor.

According to biblical descriptions, the gate of a city was where everything happened. The elders of the city, the judges, governors, kings, and bureaucrats – all of them sat on the benches at the city gates, which now can actually be seen for the first time.

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Robert J.

 

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