Archeologists working in Jerusalem think they might have excavated the site of Jesus’ trial (Mark 15). Fifteen years ago, a team began digging through the layers of an abandoned building near the Tower of David. They believe they have uncovered the foundations of Herod’s Palace, a probable site for Jesus’ famous audience with Pontius Pilate.
While running recently, I listened to a recording of the Book of Nehemiah. It takes about 9 ½ kilometers to listen to the whole book (unless I skip some of the genealogical parts).
Two things jumped out at me. First, Nehemiah confesses that “God put on his heart” the call to rebuild the wall of the devastated city of Jerusalem.