uncovering ancient Jerusalem

The Discovery of Bes

In this mid-October update, diggers sing songs while excavating, Herbert W. Armstrong College chancellor Gerald Flurry visits the dig site, and an ancient Egyptian idol, Bes, is found.


  1. Ninos says:

    That small relic could have been stuck in a crevice somewhere but it had to be found. Amazing that! Keep up the great work!

  2. How amazing!!! What an honor it must be to dig in these areas. I think the world will be shocked at what will be unearthed soon. I truly believe the bulla was just the beginning. I will continue to pray for the dig!

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Wow! What does it feel like uncovering history that has been hidden until now? What an opportunity of a lifetime! So exciting! Thanks for letting us be a part of such amazing finds! Keep up the great work and we will continue to pray that God will guide you to more and more finds.

  4. David & Sharon Harms says:

    “Way to Go, Elizabeth Blondeau!” How exciting it must have been to uncover the BES. The JERU-CREW is working extremely unified, singing together, setting a GREAT EXAMPLE of patience & hard work. Hats off to you all!

  5. Calvin Atkinson says:

    Nice find Elizabeth! That reminds me of a Tiki, little stone figurines you wore around your neck that were in vogue when I was in grade school/jr. high….(early/mid 60’s.) What a testament to how short life is when your possessions are around centuries after you are gone! Nice to see you on the sight Mr. Flurry! You’re looking good! Thanks Dr. Mazar, for the explanation on how the bes was used…interesting insight into ancient culture….Thanks again crew!

  6. Chrysolite says:

    This newfound, Bes is awesome! This could be one of the physical things that have profound meanings. Perhaps, God is showing us, that one of the sins of His own people, was idolatry, symbolized by this Egyptian idol. Thank you to all those involved in the dig. You are doing a great job!

  7. Sarah says:

    Hey that’s great–another find! Bes…interesting how an Egyptian idol was found right there in the temple! The bible clearly tells of sabbath breaking and idol worship as the cause of their destruction…

    Keep up the great work. Glad to see Mr. Flurry made it out there safely.

  8. KVerbout says:

    Awesome! Thanks again for sharing…this was really cool! We appreciate the effort that goes into bringing us “right there with you”. 🙂 You all are being really patient and doing a wonderful job of service! You can see in the videos just how “careful” each of you has to be, and the “time” it takes to uncover dirt slowly.

  9. Lisa says:

    It’s interesting how this “3-legged” idol is of Egyptian origin. I’ve seen this same type of god/idol when visiting some of the Cook Islands. I wonder how many other cultures share this symbol – perhaps all tracing their religious ideas back to ancient Egypt.

  10. susan garcia says:

    This is extraordinary!!! I’m right there as it’s happening. Digging and moving rocks, dirty hands and clothes. Ms Mazar and Mr. Flurry talking about a pagan relic of fertility (how strange to trust that piece of stone for family) but how wonderful to watch God’s work being done. Onward to the throne room.

  11. Madeleine says:

    It seems we’re at the beginning of something important here.
    First Temple period?
    Bes, protector of family growth, prosperity…
    Wonder what will happen next?

  12. abchrysler says:

    The discovery of Bes demonstrates Egyptian influence in Jerusalem. The Tablet Fragment found earlier also indicates an Egyptian connection around the same time period. Don’t let any small tablet fragment get away! Thank you for this window on your important work.

  13. Kishaw says:

    Hey Jeru Crew!

    The site looks so different in such a short space of time since we were in Jerusalem for the Feast. Keep digging – we are all waiting with bated breath to see what God is going to reveal as the Stones cry out and the spade confirms the Word.

    Do you need another volunteer!?

  14. Kurt Simmons says:

    Another interesting addition to our understanding of history at the Ophel site. I’m looking forward to see what you find when the digging gets deeper into the older part of the site!

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