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  • Writer's pictureMichel Kahn

"Bury me with my fathers," Jacob's request (Gen. 49:29), was the wish of every ancient Israelite.

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Bodies would be laid on rock shelves provided on three sides of the chamber, or on the floor, and as generations of the same family used the tomb, skeletons and grave goods might be heaped up along the sides or put into a side chamber to make room for new burials.

Ketef Hinnom -"shoulder of Hinnom" is an archaeological burial site of the first and second temple period southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem, adjacent to St. Andrew's Church, now on the grounds of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. It is located where the Valley of Rephaim and theValley of Hinnom meet, on the old road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. The site is totally renewed. Went for a morning walk suddenly saw a new sign, went in and forgot my sport. Enjoyed it so much, especially the Resurrection part:)

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