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Jewish Yad Avshalom revealed as a Christian shrine from Byzantine era

Jewish Yad Avshalom revealed as a Christian shrine from Byzantine era
trefwoorden: Israel - Jeruzalem - Byzantijnse tijd - bijbel - Absolom - David
The historic Yad Avshalom monument in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley, revered for centuries as a Jewish shrine, was also a Christian holy place in the fourth century, new evidence has revealed.
A fourth-century inscription on one of the walls near the monument, recently uncovered by chance, marks the site as the burial place of the Temple priest Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist who baptized Jesus.
Scholars believe the monument was built in the first century, making it possible that figures holy to Christians could be buried there. According to Jewish belief, Yad Avshalom was named for Absalom, the son of King David, since Samuel II relates that Absalom built a memorial in "the valley of the king" which lies below the Temple Mount. Absalom died more than 1,000 years earlier.

Lees verder in: Ha'aretz Daily (24 juli 2003)