Herod not the great builder?

Contrary to long-standing belief, Herod the Great did not finish the walls of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Israeli archeologists have said.

For decades it had been thought the 1st century BCE biblical king had both started and completed the second Jewish Biblical Temple, including the walls holding up the artificial platform on which it stood….

….Herod, known by many Christians for massacring the infants of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, according to the New Testament, is thought to have died in 4 AD. But Israeli archeologists told a news conference in Jerusalem he could not have finished his best-known project, because they found artifacts under the Western Wall, dated to after his death.

via Herod the Great did not finish Temple Mount, archeologists say – Monsters and Critics.

Well, that’s it. My faith is destroy. Maybe I’ll go be a Christian now.

Psst… one other thing… he’s not a ‘biblical king.’

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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