Tuesday, August 5, 2014
For the Redemption Of Zion
A late Second Temple Period Jewish home containing a treasure trove of rare bronze coins has been discovered in Israel. The coins, imprinted "For the redemption of Zion" and "Year four," were made during the fourth year of the revolt against the Roman Empire, between spring 69 and spring 70 CE. The coins are decorated with the Biblical four species used in Sukkot — palm, myrtle, citron and willow
The 114 coins were discovered during the expansion of Highway 1 connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
This is the first time such a large hoard has been found. It is particularly unusual because the coins bear identical dating. Antiquities experts have speculated that the hoard was buried several months before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second temple.
Zionism-the redemption of Zion. The desire for self determination by the Jewish people has been a driving force in our collective psyche for over 2,000 years.
Read more about this discovery at Arutz Sheva and at the Times of Israel