ISRAEL has opened an ancient stairway “where Jesus walked” – after finding it hidden under a potato field.
The City of David Foundation today unveiled the 2,000-year-old Pilgrim’s Road staircase, which was thought to have been used by Christ to ascend to the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
The discovery was made after workers fixing a damaged sewer pipe came across the fabled Pool of Sialom in 2004.
Pilgrims would come to cleanse themselves in the pool before ascending to the Temple itself.
The fully-preserved road was unveiled at a ceremony on Sunday attended by US Ambassador David Friedman and Senator Lindsey Graham.
Friedman said: “It brings the Bible back to life.
BIBLICAL DISCOVERY MADE AFTER SEWAGE ACCIDENT
“From a sewage pipe that burst 15 years ago came these excavations that resulted in the discovery of the Pool of Siloam, and then an entire road, not a relic, not an antiquity, but an entire road intact from that pool ascending to the Temple.”
“People can literally immerse themselves in that environment, where the great biblical figures of the time where Jesus walked, we know that Jesus took this road.
“We know His visits to the Temple are well-documented. So you really have the opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient history in this incredible, stunning discovery.”
CDF Vice President Doron Spielman added: “The discovery of the Pilgrimage Road was an unprecedented scientific feat of biblical proportions.
“”Unlike most archaeological digs which begin from the ground down, this excavation was done subterraneously, beneath the hustle and bustle of modern Jerusalem.
“Dozens of fibre optic cable cameras were used to decipher where to excavate, while maps and diagrams made by archaeologists over the last century and a half paved the way forward.”
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