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Ancient biblical waterworks found in Israel
Scotsman ^ | 23 Aug 2006 | Corinne Heller

Posted on 08/23/2006 2:29:21 AM PDT by Marius3188

RAMAT RACHEL, Israel (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed an ancient water system which was modified by the conquering Persians to turn the desert into a paradise.

The network of reservoirs, drain pipes and underground tunnels served one of the grandest palaces in the biblical kingdom of Judea.

Archaeologists first discovered the palace in 1954, a structure built on a six-acre (2.4 hectare) site where the communal Ramat Rachel farm now stands.

Recent excavations unearthed nearly 70 square metres (750 square feet) of a unique water system.

"They had found a huge palace ... even nicer than the palaces in Jerusalem, (dating) from the late Iron Age to the end of the biblical period in the 7th century," Oded Lipschits, a Tel Aviv University archaeologist, said.

The infrastructure of the palace was remodelled throughout the centuries to fit the needs of the Babylonians, Persians, Romans and Hasmoneans who ruled the Holy Land, said Lipschits, who heads the dig with an academic from Germany's University of Heidelberg.

But it was the Persians, who took control of the region around 539 BC from the Babylonians, who renovated the water system and turned it into a thing of beauty.

Lipschits said they added small waterfalls to try to turn a desert into a paradise.

"Imagine on this land plants and water rushing and streaming here," Lipschits said. "This was important to someone who finds aesthetics important, for someone who wanted to feel as though they are not just in some remote corner in the desert."

Yuval Gadot, a biblical archaeology expert from Tel Aviv University who is taking part in the excavation, said it was unclear exactly how the water system worked.

"Probably rainwater came down on the roof of the houses (in the palace complex)," he said. "From there, it was collected by drains into pools or to the underground reservoir and taken to nearby fields for crops or nice gardens."

For centuries water supplies have been one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, where most of the region is desert.


TOPICS: Israel; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: archaeology; bible; biblicalarcheology; ccc; godsgravesglyphs; israel; judea; pipes; reservoirs; waterworks
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1 posted on 08/23/2006 2:29:23 AM PDT by Marius3188
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To: SunkenCiv

ggg ping


2 posted on 08/23/2006 2:30:03 AM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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Wow Thats so cool I would love to go to Israel
3 posted on 08/23/2006 2:34:58 AM PDT by StoneWall Brigade (AMERICA LAND OF THE FREE BECASUE OF THE BRAVE!)
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Persians used to be builders and now they are destroyers.
4 posted on 08/23/2006 2:37:14 AM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: msnimje
Persians used to be builders and now they are destroyers.

Any idiot with a hammer and a crowbar can destroy. It takes planning, effort, work, and perseverance to build.
5 posted on 08/23/2006 2:48:15 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: msnimje

Persians weren't Islamic back then. We need an unIslamic Persia.


6 posted on 08/23/2006 3:06:56 AM PDT by Srirangan
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To: msnimje
Actually, it was the Persians, more important, it was 2 Persian Kings who showed kindness and compassion to the Jews: King Cyrus, and King Artaxerxes.

From eastern Mesopotamia (modern Iran), the Persian king Cyrus the Great (d. 530 BC) swept upon Babylon, conquering it in 539 B.C. Cyrus freed the Jews in exile there, who returned to Palestine.

The Persian King Artaxerxes supported the efforts of the Jews under Ezra and Nehemiah to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem.
7 posted on 08/23/2006 3:31:06 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Marius3188

Hot tubbing in the dessert.


8 posted on 08/23/2006 3:59:08 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Marius3188

Holy waterworks, Batman!


9 posted on 08/23/2006 4:10:44 AM PDT by dr_who_2
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10 posted on 08/23/2006 4:13:39 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 140-144)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness

Please find me Scripture that backs up your use of the word Jews.
Jews and Israel are two extremely different people groups.
Jews and Judahites are two different people groups.

Wake up!


11 posted on 08/23/2006 4:24:17 AM PDT by Spirited
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To: Spirited

Irrelevant.


12 posted on 08/23/2006 5:09:06 AM PDT by muawiyah
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13 posted on 08/23/2006 7:14:23 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: Spirited; Prophet in the wilderness
Please find me Scripture that backs up your use of the word Jews. Jews and Israel are two extremely different people groups. Jews and Judahites are two different people groups. Wake up!

Elaborate please. Based on your post it is difficult to determine from what direction you are coming.

The Jews and Israel are two different groups if you are referring to the kingdom split which resulted in the house of Judah and the house of Israel. However, the Jews are part of all Israel, being of the tribe of Judah et al.

And explain your use of the term Judahites and how they differ from Jews.

14 posted on 08/23/2006 7:35:31 AM PDT by agrace
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To: Spirited

What in the world are you talking about?


15 posted on 08/23/2006 7:45:20 AM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Spirited

What are you talking about? The Jews throughout the then known world were one people and continued as one people.


16 posted on 08/23/2006 7:47:34 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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Thanks Marius3188.

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17 posted on 08/23/2006 9:48:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Marius3188

Neat !!


18 posted on 08/23/2006 9:50:35 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: muawiyah; agrace; Jaded; Seeing More Clearly Now; Berosus

It appears that we've got another "Jews aren't really the Jews" character in our midst -- perhaps an advocate of British Israelism. Jews are indeed different people than the people of Judah, in the same way that I'm a different person than, say, my grandfather, even though I grew up on the same piece of land. :')


19 posted on 08/23/2006 9:58:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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20 posted on 08/23/2006 10:00:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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