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Ancient royal garden found near Jerusalem

A royal garden, dating back to the 7th century B.C. has been found near Jerusalem.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University and Heidelberg University in Germany have been working at Ramat Rachel, which is said to have been built by the Judeans. The newly discovered gardens date back to the 7th century B.C.

Features of the gardens include stone carved gutters, open channels, closed tunnels and the framework for waterfalls.

“We have uncovered a very rare find,” said Oded Lipschits, a professor of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University. The find is to be described in a forthcoming article in Near Eastern Archeology.

Lipschits said the type of garden found at Ramat Rachel would have served a spiritual function as a place where people could find tranquility and a connection to nature.

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  1. My understanding is that King Uzziah lived in a palace at Ramat-Rahel after he had suffered burns to his face when the incense he intended to burn in the Temple flared up. The 80 brave priests immediately diagnosed the burns as “leprosy” and banished him to Ramat-Rahel. His son Jotham took over the day-to-day running of Uzziah’s empire. See II Chronicles 26:16-21

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