I’m not sure why the IMF is just coming up with this today. It was reported three months ago (see the links below). Evidently it’s tourist season so this is a tourism ploy.
New archeological excavations show conclusively that the Roman client king’s massive construction project continued after his death.
So there’s something else ‘tradition’ holds which archaeology disproves.
Textbooks for archeologists –– and tour guides in Israel –– long held to the notion that King Herod, a Roman client king who lived from 74 BCE to 4 CE in the Holy Land, saw his colossal building project in and around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem through to the end. Coins, pottery and oil lamps discovered in a Jewish ritual bath underneath the Western Wall recently, report archeologists from Israel, date the completion of the Western Wall surrounding the Second Temple to a later time, maybe even 50 CE. They are sure that the coins found under the wall were struck after Herod had already died. Archeologists Professor Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa and Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority led the work.
Poor Herod. He probably didn’t do much of anything at all.
- Herod Didn’t Construct the Entire ‘Western Wall’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Oops: Archeologists Discover Western Wall Was Probably Not Built By Herod (jonathanturley.org)
- King Herod Didn’t Complete the Construction of Jerusalem’s Western Wall (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Discovery may cause biblical rewrite of King Herod (cbsnews.com)