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The Stones Cry Out

Earlier this week, the Israeli Authorities Authority opened an archeological site just below Jerusalem's Temple Mount called the "Ophel."

Archeologist Eilat Mazar oversaw the excavation. It uncovered remains going back to the time of the First Temple period or about 3,000 years ago. She's convinced the evidence indicates King Solomon commissioned the construction of the enormous walls revealed through the digging.

The Biblical reference she cites is found in I Kings 3:1: "... ... until he (King Solomon) had finished building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall all around Jerusalem."

It's not the first time Mazar has uncovered archeological evidence confirming he Bible. She also uncovered what could be David's palace just a short distance from the Ophel.

Also, during the excavation of the Ophel, her team discovered the oldest written document found in Jerusalem. In other finds, she's discovered ancient seals that mention the same names found in the book of Jeremiah.

Although some scholars dismiss the Bible as a credible source, Mazar is convinced archeology validates the Biblical record. In this excerpt from our interview with Mazar this week, she talks excitedly of how archeology and the Bible as she says "connect one to one."

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