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Ramat Rachel Archaeological Site

ramat rachel archcaeological siteRamat Rachel archaeological site is really is a mysterious site on a hilltop some 3 km south of Jerusalem. It was dug by several expeditions over the years,  yet lacking any inscriptions, the site’s identity, nor its function is unclear, but it was inhabited in the Iron age, and again in Byzantine times. Y. Aharoni, the first archaeologist to dig at the site, suggested the Iron age palace was built by King Yehoiakim, and the site is “Beit Hakerem” mentioned in Jeremiah 6:1. His famous academic rival, Y. Yadin, suggested an earlier date, and identified the site with “House of Baal”mentioned in 2 Kings 11:18. G. Barkai, who also excavated at the site, suggested the site is ancient MMST a place known only from ancient inscribed jar handles, and Liphshitz is of the opinion the site is a Assyrian-Babylonian-Persian administration center. In my opinion maybe the site may have been the place to where King Uziah retired when becoming a leper.  In the Byzantine period a monastery was built at the site, and it may have been related to nearby “Kathisma church” site. 

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