Started in 1999 by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira, this private initiative has sifted through tons of earth illegally dug out from under the Temple Mount by the Muslims and unceremoniously dumped in the valley below. They are searching for treasures of the holy site’s Jewish past.
According to Dvira, of the 200,000 volunteers who have participated thus far in the project, 60,000 thousand have been Christians – Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals who came from all over the world, including China, Singapore and Africa.
But, due to a lack of funding, the project has now come to a halt. I asked Dvira if the project would accept financial assistance from Christians, to which he responded with a resounding “Yes.” He added that Muslims, too, would be welcomed to join the project. Given adequate funding, there are still four years’ worth of sifting to do, and then many more years of research into the findings.
Dvira estimates that...
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