The Old City of Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, has been surrounded by walls since ancient times. It has been blockaded, burnt, looted, captured, destroyed and mourned. It also has been prayed for, longed for, rebuilt, rejoiced over, honored and chosen by God as the place for His name to dwell.
Jerusalem has been the Jewish People’s holiest city ever since King David established Jerusalem as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel in about 1000 BC. A famous quote by Teddy Kollek, an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, encapsulates its importance:
Do the Palestinians Descend from the Philistines? DNA Tests from First Philistine Cemetery Will Tell
For the first time ever, a Philistine cemetery has been found during excavations at the Ashkelon tel (hill) on the southern coast of Israel. DNA testing will either prove or disprove the longstanding scientific belief that these ancient people originated from the Aegean Sea, which hosts a collection of up to 6,000 islands and islets between the coasts of Greece and Turkey.
In northern Israel, on a hill just above the Sea of Galilee, an international team of archaeologists recently unearthed two beautiful mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible. They were found in the ancient synagogue in the Jewish village of Huqoq, which is three miles west of Capernaum and Migdal (Magdala), Israel.
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