Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Lost Temple of Israel

TOPIC: The Lost Temple of Israel

Zvi Koenigsberg  

Topic "The Lost Temple of Israel"

Zvi Koenigsberg wrote the book The Lost Temple of Israel as a true account of his involvement in an excavation at Mt. Ebal which was led by Professor Adam Zertal, a sought-after Professor of Archaeology at Haifa University. This excavation led Zvi down a path of archaeological, biblical and historical research that may change the way substantial sections of the Bible are understood.

Zvi became “infected” with the archaeology bug almost from the moment he arrived in Israel. The day after he arrived was the day the Western Wall in Jerusalem was conquered on June 7, 1967, by Israeli paratroopers. His research was mentored by the late Professor Benjamin Mazar, who befriended him, and who shared with him a vast knowledge and understanding. Mazar, a one-time president of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, conducted excavations of the area surrounding the Western Wall. Zvi's decade of work with Dr. Mazar provided him with an education that transcended the usual classroom experience. 

In The Lost Temple of Israel, Zvi identifies the site of Mt Ebal as an Israelite temple, an identification that changes an entire series of traditional and scientific assumptions about the beginnings of Israel and the Bible. What is probably most interesting aspect of his research is that these new ideas are being quoted by some of Israel's most distinguished professors of Judaica.

The Lost Temple of Israel contains conversations with some of the leading authorities in these areas, all of whom gave the author permission to quote them. in addition, a former Nobel Prize nominee, a prolific well-respected author, calls the book "a great story".

The Lost Temple of Israel challenges us to re-read the Bible with a fresh set of eyes and an open mind.

Having earned the respect of scholars in a variety of academic fields, Zvi Koenigsberg is a real-life Indiana Jones with an engaging personality who is publishing this groundbreaking work after 30 years of research that began with an excavation in Israel. Zvi Keonigsberg- part of the team that assisted the Archaeological dig and was instrumental in putting the facts together to prove it is The Lost Temple of Israel.

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Professor (Emeritus) Yair Zakovitch of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Professor Zakovitch was Dean of Humanities and Chairman of the Bible Department, and is considered one of the foremost internationally respected scholars in the field of Bible:1
Dear Zvi, I enjoyed very much reading your book, The Lost Temple. The book, in which you have woven together your personal story along with your scholarly interest in the Mt. Ebal Temple, is filled with suspense and detective-work, making for an enjoyable and interesting read. The challenge you make to certain commonly accepted ideas cannot be easily dismissed by archaeologists or Bible scholars.2
Dr. Yoel Rappel, Torah commentary on Israel Radio, on Weekly Torah portion:6
“(The ideas) presented are unique, daring and thought-provoking. I finished the book in one sitting.”
Jordan Rich, Host of The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ 1030AM, Boston says,9
“Thanks so much for that wonderful book and the inspiring interview. You’re leading a tough crusade, an uphill battle, but your scholarship and determination is sure to see you through to success”.

Prof. Running late Professor emerita of Biblical and Semitic Languages at Andrews University and the respected biographer of the renowned pioneer of archaeology in Israel, Dr. William Foxwell Albright. 12
Dear Zvi: Thank you ever so much for your beautiful book. I immediately dropped another project and began to read it between obligations. I finished it this morning at six o’clock after three sleepless hours, enjoying the remainder of it. You have done a tremendous job in writing it, weaving in history, geography, archaeology and personal biography in a most interesting way. You know, your reading and research through many years is equivalent to several PHD’s! Many thanks for your fascinating book –that often reads like a suspenseful who-dunnit! 13
Cordially, Leona G. Running, Ph.D.5
Susan Oliver is the curator for the Horn Archaeological Museum in Berrien Springs, Michigan. 16
Dear Zvi: Despite our theological differences, I praise your style of writing and, should you write another book, you may be sure I’ll be the first to read it. I am tired of theological or history books that are boring. You write with passion, and you get the reader involved, this is what I liked the most about your style. You should never stop writing, Zvi, please! 17

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