Ophel Treasure Found

img56104The following link below is an incredible article I found on Arutz Sheva (www.israelnationalnews.com) which reveals the amazing discovery by Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University during excavations at the southern end of the Temple Mount in a location known in history as the Ophel. Dr. Mazar, who made the discovery last year of a tablet containing ancient Hebrew, discovered a treasure trove of gold coins, a gold chain, and an incredible gold medallion, all dating to 614 C.E., in this summers excavations. This site has surrendered many incredible finds in the past, such as Roman swords and golden bells from the garments of Jewish priests of the Second Temple Period, and yet, the Ophel continues to prove that it has more secrets to offer. Enjoy the read.

Cheers,

Comments by: Peter J. Fast

To read the article click here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171717#.Ui2sAcZQE9E

What do the Romans have to do with Nanotechnology?

So, I came across one of the most bizarre, yet amazing articles the other day which involves a very unique look into a 1,600 year old piece of 4th century Roman art. This is a kind of “archaeology meets modern science” and I know each and every one of you will thoroughly enjoy reading this article published by Smithsonian.com. If the picture below doesn’t intrigue you enough to click on the article link, then please take your temperature…you may have come down with a life threatening disease…maybe the Black Plague. Anyway, enjoy the article and be prepared to get blown away by the incredible mystery of the Lycurgus Cup and the many secrets it will unveil.

By, Peter J. Fast

phenomenon-Glow-With-Flow-631http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/This-1600-Year-Old-Goblet-Shows-that-the-Romans-Were-Nanotechnology-Pioneers-220563661.html 

Temple Mount: Oldest Ever Artifact Discovered in Jerusalem

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The shard
Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; photo by Noga Cohen-Aloro.
This amazing discovery is of immense proportions because it takes us back over 250 years prior to the time of King Hezekiah of Jerusalem. Dating back to the tenth century C.E. this shard is a valuable find as it reveals the ancient Hebrew script, with its Canaanite language, the oldest found in the city of Jerusalem. These incredible discoveries continue to prove the ancient history of the Jews in the land of Israel against the face of Islamic revisionism which seeks to twist history and deny any Jewish presence in the land.
I would highly recommend you read the article by clicking on the link below. Enjoy!
By, Peter J. Fast

Artifacts discovered from First Century A.D. Siege of Jerusalem

ShowImage.ashxRecently, artifacts have been unearthed near Robinson’s Arch which is located at the south-western end of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The artifacts, which contained three cooking pots and a ceramic oil lamp, were discovered in a hidden cistern beneath the ground near where the famous arch once stood 2,000 years ago. This testifies to the extreme conditions during the siege where Jews found themselves with limited food and in desperate situations. The discovery of the cistern and the cooking pots also confirms the evidence Josephus gives in his “Jewish Wars” where he describes the starvation of the people and how many would hide out in cisterns built beneath their homes in order to eat what little food remained. The discovery of the cistern, also confirms that people could not trust their fellow neighbors or the rebels for fear that their food would be seized, and so they would eat in secret.

The period of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. is a dark period in Jewish history and culminated in the city being destroyed and the Temple burned.IMG_0057 Today, this destruction can be viewed at the Davidson Archaeological Center with the massive stones that lay at the foot of the Temple Mount having been hurled onto the streets below by the Romans who pried them apart in search for melting gold from the Temple. One can also view the burnt foundations of a priestly home in the “Burnt House Museum” which is located in the Jewish Quarter not far from the Kotel (Western Wall). Both of these archaeological discoveries, including the cistern with the cooking pots, attest to the desperate struggle between the Jews and Romans in the first century A.D.

By, Peter J. Fast

To read more of the recent discovery click on the link below.

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Evidence-found-of-2000-year-old-siege-of-Jerusalem-318002

Submerged structure stumps Israeli archaeologists

Article by: Tia Goldenberg – Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/submerged-structure-stumps-israeli-archaeologists-062849500.html

TIBERIAS, Israel (AP) — The massive circular structure appears to be an archaeologists dream: a recently discovered antiquity that could reveal secrets of ancient life in the Middle East and is just waiting to be excavated.

It’s thousands of years old — a conical, manmade behemoth weighing hundreds of tons, practically begging to be explored.

The problem is — it’s at the bottom of the biblical Sea of Galilee. For now, at least, Israeli researchers are left stranded on dry land, wondering what finds lurk below.

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To read more of the article, click on the link.

What it is, we can only speculate. I have been up in the Galilee countless times and have sailed across its waters often, but never thought to guess that something could lurk beneath the surface of an archaeological value. Who would have thought? There is so much history around the Sea of Galilee (also called, Sea of Tiberias and Kinneret) but, like the Israeli Antiquity Authority, nobody has considered the possibility of something of a major historical significance laying undisturbed upon the bottom. The Sea of Galilee is a beautiful body of fresh water, and many people enjoy it for its serenity, a chance to go swimming, wind-surfing, or hike around its borders. It is beautifully situated with the Golan Heights dominating its eastern edge, and is a place of huge significance when we consider the Bible, in particular the ministry of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, who spent about 80% of his ministry in the Galilee. So, for something mysterious to be found has obviously piqued many people’s interest and I am excited to find out what they discover, when they gain permission to explore this find.

Cheers,

Peter J. Fast

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To sign or not to sign a book…that is the question.

IMG_0961The months of February and March were exciting times for me as a published author. I was able to hold two private book signing parties for close friends in the humble atmosphere of my abode. It was a wonderful time of good wine, cheese, discussion, and celebration. I was able to extend many “thank you’s” to those who made it possible for the publication of my first historical/fiction novel, 70 A.D. A WAR OF THE JEWS.

The party included a brief synopsis of the history leading up to the First Jewish Revolt against Rome, an explanation of the Jewish and Roman worldIMG_1206 in the First Century, a description of the book, and a public reading of the prologue. Then, for those interested, I signed purchased copies and we all finished the celebration with some wonderful champagne. I am pleased to say that both parties had a warm, friendly, cherished group of people who took part in this important achievement in my life, and they were able to toast further books and future endeavours.

IMG_0973IMG_0974I thank you all for reading the posts on this website, for following the articles I write, for purchasing copies of my book, and for your steadfast encouragement and support you have shown me.

Cheers,

Peter J. Fast

*To purchase a copy of, “70 A.D.  A WAR OF THE JEWS” click here, on the link and you will be sent to my  page dedicated to the release of my novel. Once there, simply click on the preferred tab of your choice of online stores.

70 A.D.  A WAR OF THE JEWS is available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through the publisher, AuthorHouse.

Insights into archaeology in Susya

Findings in ancient synagogue in Susya

The following link is for an interesting video on discoveries in the ancient community of Susya located in southern Israel. These discoveries have unearthed a synagogue and remnants from the sect of Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah of Israel. Written upon the floor of the ancient synagogue in mosaic stones, is the Hebrew name, “Yeshua” which also means “salvation.” The findings raise interesting points and bring to life the reality that the early believers in Yeshua of Nazareth, were in fact Jews who were Torah observant, Sabbath-keeping, feast celebrating, son circumcising Jews. These Jews believed that Yeshua was the prophesied Messiah, and they followed Him, waiting for His return. This Messianic sect of Judaism, called first by names such as, “Nazarenes” or “The Way” were Jewish men and women who believed that the Anointed One (Greek- Kristos, Hebrew – Meshiach) was in fact the Saviour of the world and the promised Messiah of Israel. Later, the name “Christian” would become a widely accepted term that would designate followers of Yeshua. Enjoy the video.

Cheers

Peter Fast