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Ancient Toilet Found in Israel

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority, were digging in the remains of what was once the biblical city of Tel Lachish, when they came upon a startling discovery: They found an ancient toilet.To fully understand the importance of this find, you have to turn back in time to the eighth century before Christ. This find has been linked to King Hezekiah, who was known for initiating reforms aimed at eliminating the worship of pagan gods. These reforms meant destroying, what Break Point Daily called “high places” or bamot in Hebrew. These were cultic sites containing an altar usually located on a hill or a ridge. While originally dedicated to the worship of YHWH, over time the sites became a home of pagan deities that were honored alongside YHWH. They found that most likely Hezekiah “removed these high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles” (2 Kings 18:4).

At Tel Lachish archaeologists found a large room that appeared to have been a shrine. The room contained objects that had been intentionally damaged. Excavation leader Sa’ar Ganor “believes that the destroyed altars corroborate biblical references to King Hezekiah’s reforms: his efforts to centralize worship in Jerusalem and abolish it elsewhere.”

They also found something else in the room: a “seat carved of stone with a hole in the center.” In other terms, a toilet. Ganor believes that this “was unquestionably a form of desecration of this shrine room.” The latest discovery not only confirms the existence of Hezekiah

Ganor believes that this “was unquestionably a form of desecration of this shrine room,” and he has ample biblical reason to do so. In 2 Kings 10, we’re informed that following the fall of King Ahab, Jehu and his followers “demolished the pillar of Baal, and destroyed the temple of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day.” This finding is one of the many findings in recent times that confirms the scriptures.  The ancient toilet is the latest among many archaeological finds to affirm the historicity of Scripture. The scriptures continue to be confirmed by discoveries everyday.

 

 

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