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Jesus' Trial Site Found? Site in Jerusalem's Old City Open for Tours

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 06:40 PM

Archeologists think they have found the site of the trial of Jesus under an abandoned building in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The find was made near the Tower of David Museum, which began expansion plans 15 years ago.

Careful excavation work at the site of a former prison uncovered what is believe to be the remains of the Herod’s palace, where Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to death.

The site has been opened to tours.

Jesus' trial site has been a point of debate among Christian scholars.

“There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened here, but everything — archaeological, historical and gospel accounts — all falls into place and makes sense,” Shimon Gibson, an archaeology professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, told The Washington Post.

The Rev. David Pileggi, minister of Christ Church told the Post that he didn’t expect the discovery to change the route of the Via Dolorosa, which takes visitors on a trek from where it was believed Pontius Pilate held the trial to where Jesus was eventually crucified and buried. The route has change several times.

Joel Baden, professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale University, wrote for CNN that it is likely that two trial sites will coexist.

“The timing of the announcement is linked entirely to the potential for tourist dollars, rather than to the remarkable historical and religious significance of the discovery on its own terms,” Baden wrote.

Twitter users commented about the find.





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