3600 Christians and Jews slaughtered – Evidence of an invasion discovered in Jerusalem
When money was stolen from Jewish temples and over 3,600 citizens in Jerusalem were killed, the First Jewish Revolt began.
Gessius Florus, a Roman procurator, ruled Judea and decided to steal from the Jewish temple and slaughter citizens.
The Jewish Revolt occurred near the Dead Sea, where the Romans had built an impressive fortress.
Zealots attacked and slaughtered the army there while in Jerusalem, the temple captain stopped offering daily sacrifices to Caesar.
All of Jerusalem was working together to kill Roman troops and run them out. It began in Judea and moved to Galilee.
Roman general Titus led an army that pushed Judea back through three walls before slaughtering them in their temple.
All of these events happened in Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Today, archaeologists have discovered artifacts left behind at the historic third wall.
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) explained recent excavations have revealed the remains of the third wall, including large ballista stones, which were used as projectiles with a sort of crossbow, and sling stones.
The site was discovered last winter when Bezalel Academy of Arts and Designs was preparing to be build.
Excavation directors Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib released a statement read: “This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple.
“The bombardment was intended to attack the sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could approach the wall with battering rams and thereby breach the city’s defenses.”
The new section of wall is 6.2-feet-wide and the remains of a watchtower were also discovered.
Many have debated the location of the Third Wall and archaeologist Edward Robinson believed he found a portion in 1838 but the new discoveries indicate he was incorrect.
The new information will be presented next week at the New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Tegion conference.