Workers for the Palestinian Authority recently destroyed part of an ancient wall surrounding the site of the famous altar on Mt. Ebal. The PA was paving a new road nearby, connecting the village of Atzira a-Shamalia and the city of Nablus (ancient Shechem), when workers crushed stones from one side of the wall to use as substrate for the new road. The altar was excavated by Adam Zertal in the 1980’s; more recently, ABR’s Dr. Scott Stripling led a team that wet-sifted material from Zertal’s dig. Beneath the rectangular altar on Mt. Ebal, and right at the epicentre, lies an earlier, circular altar. Many evangelical scholars believe this to be the remains of Joshua’s altar (Jos 8:30). There have been calls from numerous archaeologists to protect archaeological sites throughout Israel.
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