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                                                               The Herodium

                                                                                    One of Herod the Great’s
                                                                                    fortresses and palaces
                                                                                    located in the Judean
                                                                                    desert east of Bethlehem
                                                                                    that dwarfed the village in
                                                                                    Gospel days.
                                                                                    Shepherds would have
                                                                                    heard the sounds of the
                                                                                    fortress inhabitants drifting
                                                                                    across the still evening
                                                                                    air only to be blotted out
                                                                                    suddenly by the Heavenly
                                                                                    Hosts announcing the birth
                                                                                    of the Messiah.


                                                               Temple Steps

                                                                                    On the southern Temple
                                                                                    walls the original stone steps
                                                                                    are preserved. One flight for
                                                                                    entry and one flight for exit
                                                                                    with varying size of steps
                                                                                    to ensure safe movement
                                                                                    of vast crowds during feast
                                                                                    Jesus would have walked
                                                                                    these steps frequently and
                                                                                    entered through the Temple
                                                                                    Gates by the money-
                                                                                    changers at this location.

The recent excavations possibly solved a mystery of many years as to where the baptism of
some 3000 souls took place on the day of Pentecost. The many Mikveh Baths unearthed by
the steps is a probable location.
Of note, is a 1968 discovery below the Temple Mount, of a 1st century A.D. large basalt
stone with the Hebrew inscription “To the Trumpeting Place”. Its original location above the
highest point on the southwest wall is considered to be the ‘Pinnacle of the Temple’ where the
Priests trumpeted to announce the Sabbath and feasts.
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