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Watch: Nebuchadnezzer's brutal destruction of the 1st Temple

The numbing story of the Babylonians' siege of Jerusalem, destruction of the First Temple, and 70-year exile of the Jewish People.

Watch: Nebuchadnezzer's brutal destruction of the 1st Templeplayer

2,600 year-old seal with biblical name discovered

Bulla bearing name of Adenyahu Asher Al Habayit, a senior minister to the king of Judah, found beneath Robinson's Arch at the Western Wall.

2,600 year-old seal with biblical name discovered

Evidence of Jewish idolatry during 1st Temple period on display

Idols and figurines are found on the site of a mysterious Jewish city populated prior to the destruction of the First Temple.

Evidence of Jewish idolatry during 1st Temple period on display

Ancient clay seal found under Western Wall Plaza

Excavations at Western Wall Plaza unearth unique stamped clay from the First Temple Period believed to belong to city governor.

Ancient clay seal found under Western Wall Plazaplayer

600 BCE inscriptions prove ancient Jewish literacy

Arad fort inscriptions reveal remarkable levels of Jewish literacy in Kingdom of Judah, shedding light on the Bible's ancient roots.

600 BCE inscriptions prove widespread literacy in ancient Israel

2,700-Year-Old Pottery Found in City of David

Newly-discovered pottery shards with writing dating back 2,700 years shed more light on the First Temple era.

2,700-Year-Old Pottery Found in City of David

Discovery Shows Bethlehem Part of Kingdom of Judah

Archaeologists have discovered the first evidence outside of the Bible that Bethlehem was part of the First Temple era Kingdom of Judah.

Discovery Proves Bethlehem Part of Kingdom of Judah

Evidence Confirms Early Reign of King David

An archaeologist finds spectacular evidence confirming the reign of King David and that non-Jews believed in one Creator.

Evidence of Canaanite Jewish Rituals in Reign of King David

'Matanyahu' Seal Found near Solomon's Temple

Seal with name similar to Prime Minister's found in the physically closest structure to King Solomon's Temple ever unearthed.

'Matanyahu' Seal Found near Solomon's Temple