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                                                    The Herodium
                                                    One of Herod the Greats
                                                    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 periods.
                                                     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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