2,000-year-old wartime famine unearthed in Jerusalem

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Fox News: “Archaeologists may have discovered evidence of a dire famine that gripped Jerusalem during a Roman siege nearly 2,000 years ago.

Cooking pots and a ceramic lamp were found in an ancient cistern near the Western Wall, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced. Excavators believe these artifacts were left in the underground chamber by Jewish residents who were trying to eat what little food they had in secret during the war.”

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Opinion: Interesting how archeology continues to prove the accuracy of the Bible.

The Roman General Titus, son of Vespasian, was in charge of ending the Jewish rebellion against Roman rule. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, in 70 AD, after a long battle, Titus’ army broke through the walls of Jerusalem cutting off food and water supplies and leaving the people to starve. The death toll is recorded at 1,100,ooo, most of whom were Jews and over 100,000 were captured and enslaved.

Controversy still exists as to whether Titus intended to destroy the Temple, but the destruction fulfilled the prophecy of Jesus in Mark 13:2 that “Not one stone will be left upon another.”

According to the Babylonian Talmud (Gittin 56b), in retribution for his wicked actions in destroying the Jewish Temple, an insect flew into the Roman emperor Titus’s nose and picked at his brain for seven years. He realized that the sound of a blacksmith hammering caused the ensuing pain to abate, so he paid for blacksmiths to hammer nearby him. However, the effect wore off and the insect resumed its gnawing. When he died, they opened his skull and found the insect had grown to the size of a bird. The Talmud gives this as the cause of his death.