Jesus Christ is making the news in the New Year, with evidence supporting his trial location in the Old City district of Jerusalem. While most news stories about Jesus Christ have been focused around the abuse of Christians by Islamic State, this one has received relatively few headlines.
Expanding on a JPost article, Ruth Eglash, a reporter for the Washington Post who is based in Jerusalem, wrote a first-hand account of the newest discoveries related to the trial of Jesus Christ. However, this is actually not new news. What is news is that they have found more supporting evidence that author and archaeologist, Shimon Gibson, has been touting for years.
In November 2014, TLV1 posted comments from the chief archaeologist for the area, Amit Re’em. Re’em talked about ongoing plans to continue excavating the Tower of David Museum because they had found the sewers of Harod’s Palace. Evidence of sewers further supported archaeologists like Shimon Gibson, who purport that the trial of Jesus took place [in the heavily-watered] Harod’s Palace.
In the past, scholars have debated about the exact location of the trial that led to the execution of Jesus Christ. The Washington Post articles states the following.
“Questions about the location stem from various interpretations of the Gospels, which describe how Jesus of Nazareth was brought before Pilate in the “praetorium,” a Latin term for a general’s tent within a Roman encampment. Some say Pilate’s praetorium would have been in the military barracks, others say the Roman general would probably have been a guest in the palace built by Herod.”
If Herod’s Palace was indeed the location of the trial of Jesus Christ, it took place where the Tower of David Museum currently stands. Shimon Gibson, an archaeology professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, wrote a book in 2009 called The Final Days of Jesus.
CNN quotes Gibson’s book saying, “You have a courtyard and a pavement and a rocky outcrop on one side. In the Gospel of John, you have a description of the trial taking place at the Lithostratus, Greek for pavement, at a place called Gabata, which is the word for an ancient hillock or a rocky outcrop, and this is what we have here.”
In a JPost article, Amit Re’em further supports that the Tower of David Museum is the spot where Herod’s Palace was.
“From here we see the retaining walls and sewage system, and this is just the tail of the elephant. [Josephus Flavius] mentioned a palace at this location… and [Flavius] spoke of a lot of water; baths, ritual baths, pools. Herod loved water and this is proof.”
Directing staff at the Tower of David Museum site where the trial of Jesus Christ likely took place openly embrace the idea of visitors seeing the actual spot.
The JPost states that, “Re’em envisions tourists being greeted one day by holograms in which they will see virtually the different walls from the various periods.” Eilat Lieber, General Director of the Tower of David Museum, stated, “We want to put an exhibition about the finds with a floating glass floor [at the upper level].”
[All images are from the linked references.]