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Possible site of Jesus's trial discovered

By T.K. Randall
January 5, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments

Jesus being trialled before Pontius Pilate. Image Credit: Mihaly Munkacsy, 1881
Archaeologists believe that they have uncovered the remains of Herod the Great's palace in Jerusalem.
The remains of the palace were discovered during the excavation of an abandoned prison that was once used when the city was controlled by the Ottomans and the British.

Among the finds at the site were foundation walls and a sewage system that was believed to have supported the building.

Whether Jesus really was tried at the site under the watchful eye of Pontius Pilate however remains a matter of some debate.

Much of the confusion over the issue stems from differing interpretations of the New Testament Gospels that describe the trial. Some believe that the Gospel of John confirms that the trial did take place at Herod's palace while others believe it refers to a military encampment and that the trial actually took place at Antonia Fortress in the northeastern part of the city.

The majority view however is that the palace was indeed the place where Jesus's trial occurred.

"There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened here, but everything - archaeological, historical and gospel accounts - all falls into place and makes sense," said Prof Shimon Gibson.

Source: Independent | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by docyabut2 9 years ago
It was a Sanhedrim trial would`nt the sentencing likely have been in Jerusalem?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Atuke 9 years ago
Well it supposedly happened SOMEWHERE on this planet so why not this?
Comment icon #13 Posted by questionmark 9 years ago
If this were true they would have found a "Jesus was tried here" plaque on a wall somewhere. At the time Mr. Jesus was so unimportant to the majority that they could not have collected enough money for a plaque among those who cared...
Comment icon #14 Posted by APhoenixRisen 9 years ago
Pilate gave the Jews a choice between Jesus and Barabbas. But did you know that Barabbas' first name was also Jesus? This detail isn't mentioned in the King James version of the Bible. http://www.theguardi...EMCNEWEML6619I2
Comment icon #15 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
Now if we can find the Filming location of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie and Santas Workshop it would be the trifecta.
Comment icon #16 Posted by danielost 9 years ago
that was in desney's garage.
Comment icon #17 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
that was in desney's garage. How do you get an entire River in a Garage?
Comment icon #18 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
http://www.foxnews.c...te-trial-jesus/ I am still not convinced Jesus even actually existed.
Comment icon #19 Posted by danielost 9 years ago
How do you get an entire River in a Garage? desney magic.
Comment icon #20 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
desney magic. You are just trying to turn me away from the love of Mickey and you are full of hate.Maybe the Steamboat Captain is whispering in your Ear and you don't even know it? Either way I am going to ignore what you say because you do not have Mickey in your Heart like I do.

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