Via Joseph Lauer
Dr. Rachel Elior just notified me of a very interesting Hebrew Ynet article that concerns the discovery in Ir David of a pure gold ornamental bell, about a centimeter in diameter (see picture below), that is thought to have been worn by the High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. The illustrated article is captioned (in rough translation) “A souvenir from the Second Temple: Has a bell of the High Priest been found?” and sub-captioned, “The bell, made of pure gold, was discovered intact during excavations in the City of David. “This is a unique item in Jerusalem,” said an archaeologist [Eli Shukron], “You can dig a lifetime and not discover such a find”. The article is at http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4098615,00.html. There is more in the article that will have to await a full translation and it can be expected that much more will follow on the subject.
Well there you go. A golden object identified not just with any priest in any period but the High Priest from the Second Temple period. Maybe it belonged to Caiphas! Maybe it was found right below the spot where Jesus cleansed the Temple and one of the high priests, running away from the whip, dropped it!!!!! Heavens to Betsy. The things we ‘know’.
UPDATE: And so it begins. An article in English announces ‘Archaeologists discover High Priest’s Bell.’ So there it is. The issue is settled. Now, which High Priest was it?
But wait, the article denies its own headline… at the end…
While it is unknown if the bell belonged to one of the high priests, archaeologists have not ruled out the possibility.
So there it is. It is the high priests but it is unknown if it is but the possibility isn’t ruled out… Thanks for the meaninglessness.