Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Temple of Zeus excavated in Pelusium

ARCHAEOLOGY: Egyptian archaeologists excavate temple for Zeus destroyed by ancient earthquake. Tourism and Antiquities Ministry in Cairo says temple ruins discovered at Pelesium, now known as Tell el-Farma (AP & Israel HaYom).

As I have noted before, Pelusium is mentioned (cursed, actually) in Ezekiel 30:15-16.

Herodotus also tells a story of about the miraculous thwarting of the Assyrian King Sennacherib's invasion of Egypt at the city of Pelusium. This was on the same campaign as his invasion of Palestine and his unsuccessful attempt to capture King Hezekiah's Jerusalem. For details, see here and links.

UPDATE (28 April): This Jerusalem Post article has more on the mythological background of the Zeus temple: Remains of temple to god Zeus Kasios uncovered in Sinai. A merger of ancient religious traditions, Zeus Kasios is an example of the legacy of religious multiculturalism in antiquity (Judith Sudilovsky).

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