Ancient Swords, Javelin Found in Israel

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Wednesday the discovery of an ancient cache of Roman weapons in the Judean desert. The artifacts, including four swords and a javelin head, were found in a hidden chamber in a cave in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve overlooking the Dead Sea. Researchers believe the weapons, still concealed to preserve the steel, were hidden by Jewish rebels about 1,900 years ago after Roman forces seized the swords. They will study further to determine if the weapons are relics from the Bar Kokhba Revolt in AD 132–135.

The IAA called the find a “once-in-a-lifetime” discovery. “To find one sword like this is rare, so four? It’s a dream come true,” the researchers said. “We couldn’t believe our eyes.”

I believe there is no other land on Earth with as much archaeological significance as Israel. The Holy Land holds thousands of years of Jewish history, corroborates the truth of Scripture, and lays Israel’s claim to the most coveted land throughout the world. Researchers have good reason to celebrate this unearthing of a fantastic collection of Jewish weapons. This phenomenal discovery may shed new light on a nearly 2,000-year-old Jewish rebellion, teaching us more about God’s Chosen People.