Friday, 29 July 2011

Israeli Archaeologists Find 2,000- Year Old Bell

The Second Jewish Temple. Model in the Israel Museum. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Recently, Israeli archaeologists found a tiny golden bell in the Old City of Jerusalem. One centimetre (half an inch) in diameter, it could once have been part of a priest’s garment.

The Old Testament book of Exodus mentions that golden bells were sewn in the hem of a priest’s robe:

Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe. Aaron must wear it when he ministers. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the LORD and when he comes out, so that he will not die.” (Exod. 28:33-35, NIV).

We should not be surprised by the find. The Bible describes real history and real events. Even tiny details can often be verified by discoveries.


Bell from 2,000 years ago pulled from ancient sewer in Old City of Jerusalem. The Washington Post 24 July 2011.