Thursday , 13 June 2024

Ketef Hinnom

Shoulder of Hinnom


Merkaz Begin

The Center’s museum is an experiential, multimedia exhibit telling the story of one of the most important chapters in the history of the State of Israel through the life of Menachem Begin.  The museum takes visitors on a time-journey that includes historical reconstructions and reenactments, rare dramatic documentary videos, interactive touch-screen exhibits, striking presentations and a surround sound narration. Visitors are “invited” to experience firsthand and to “take part” in the different chapters of Begin’s life – his childhood in Poland, his years as the commander of the Irgun, the leader of the Opposition and finally, as Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

St. Andrews Church


St Andrew’s Scottish Guest House (‘The Scottie’) is set on a small hill, with panoramic views to the golden walls of the Old City and beyond. Within easy walking distance of both the old and new city of Jerusalem, the Guest House and Church offer a unique and peaceful setting.  There is a warm welcome, and visitors and guests from across the world have come to expect and enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality St Andrew’s Scottish Guest House (‘The Scottie’). With 19 double/twin rooms plus a two bedroom apartment, comfortable and flexible accommodations are offered.

First Temple Period Graves


Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulet

In 1979 Prof. Gabriel Barkay decided to do some archaeological research outside the walls of the Old City and decided on a ridge above the Hinnom valley by the Scottish Church of St. Andrew in Jerusalem. He called the area Ketef Hinnom and did a survey that uncovered the remains of a Byzantine church with mosaic floor and some tombs hewn in the rock whose roofs had collapsed. With the help of 12-13 year olds from a youth group from Tel Aviv run by the Society for the Protection of Nature he began excavating. A boy by the name of Nathan was assigned to clean a nook underneath one of the burial benches. By chance he also had a hammer and after cleaning, he got bored and started banging on the floor of the nook. To his surprise the stone bottom broke revealing an entryway to another room full of treasure.

In the sifting, a second, smaller silver object, 4 cm in length, was also found. Both objects have the Priestly Blessings from Numbers 6:24-26 engraved on the silver in proto-Hebrew script.

The Lord bless you and protect you.
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and grant you peace.

Israel Museum

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