Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Mount Vernon Mayoral Democratic Designee, David Rubin, Author and Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 10am DST

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WESTCHESTER, NY — Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Mount Vernon attends the opening half-hour with how her General Election day began and what may be on her agenda. Will it be another 18-hour day? This segment from 10-10:30am.

David Rubin, Author and former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, shares his knowledge of  the most recent excavations under the aegis of Dr. Scott Stripling, Director of Excavations, in Shiloh, Samaria since 2017. The archaeological dig has produced yet another wonder straight out of the Bible: stone horns from the altar that once stood in front of the Tabernacle. Dr. Stripling, provost at The Bible Seminary in Katy (Houston) Texas, made the discovery.

In addition to its significant archaeological relevance, Shiloh is important for being mentioned in the Bible as being the site of the Jewish Tabernacle for 369 years. Dr. Stripling supports this claim though some archaeologists disagree. The claim is difficult to prove since the Tabernacle was a portable structure and had few elements that would remain intact to this day.

Three altar horns were discovered during ABR’s excavations at Shiloh, Israel this season. Horn one: 38 cm long and 23.5 cm wide (15” x 9.25”). One of the few elements that would stand against the sands of time was the stone horn-shaped edge of an altar the researchers believe dates to the Iron Age (1200–586 BCE ). The horns were an essential part of the altar and used in the Temple service.

The horns were also described as an essential element of the soon-to-be Third Temple.

And the height of the mizbayach (altar)  hearth shall be 4 amot, with 4 horns projecting upward from the hearth: 4 amot. Ezekiel 43:15

According to Biblical accounts, the Tabernacle stood in Shiloh until the First Temple was built in Jerusalem. The age of the find is significant as archeologists have discovered a change of cultures in the region, transitioning in the period between 1200 BCE – 1000 BCE from a Canaanite culture to the Tribes of Israel and the Philistines.

Last year, the team uncovered a ceramic pomegranate, a motif that has been found at other sites connected with the priests. Dr. Stripling believes the ceramic ornament fitted with hooks hung from the hem of the priestly garments as described in the Bible.

On its hem make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the hem, with bells of gold between them all around:a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around the hem of the robe. Exodus 28:33-34

“The pomegranate is a sacred motif,” he said. “The only sites in Israel where we have found pomegranates like this one have been Levitical sites.”

They also discovered many pithoi, a Greek term for large clay containers commonly used among the civilizations that bordered the Mediterranean Sea in the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and the succeeding Iron Age for storing fluids and grains. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Dr. Stripling theorized that the pithoi were used to store the tithes that were brought to the tabernacle.

“The artifacts and materials we have found are consistent with the Tabernacle but the Tabernacle itself was made of animal skins,” Stripling explained. “Very little of the Tabernacle would remain for us to find.”

“I can tell with 100 percent certainty that there were Israelites in Shiloh because of the many indicators we have,” Dr. Stripling told Breaking Israel News. “The pottery shows that they were there when the Bible says they were there. I cannot yet say that I have 100 percent archaeological evidence the Jewish Tabernacle stood at Shiloh. We do find many reasons to seek confirmation of the Biblical text. There are indications, like the large amount of animal bones that are consistent with the Biblical sacrificial system, and the large east-west walls we are excavating. This segment from 10:30-10:50am

Thereafter,  Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris,  returns and continues to explore additional hyperlocal news: city, county, state, national, and international with commensurate analysis. This segment from 10:50am-12Noon.

eHeziShawyn Patterson-Howard, Mount Vernon Mayoral Democratic Designee, David Rubin, Author and Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large on Westchester On the Level – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 10am DST

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