Until the summer of 1971 archaeology had failed to prove the historical basis of the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran as contemporary recordings of events as seen through the eyes of Iron Age Man. The walls of Jericho had fallen from grace, the dream of Biblical Archaeologist William Foxwell Albright was still just a theory. That summer Yigael Yadin would complete the first scientific proof of King Solomon's life by finding the city gate of Gezer which King Solomon built circa 960 BC, and the Bible described in 1 Kings 9:15.
"Now this is the way King Solomon conscripted the Labor Corps to build the house of the Lord, his house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer"
The Holy Bible 1 Kings 9:15
The Solomonic Gate and wall complex at Tel Gezer was the third Solomonic Gate discovered. Scientifically, combined with the discoveries of the Megiddo Gate in the 1930's and the Hazor Gate in the 1950's, the discovery of the city gate of Gezer completed the scientific proof of Solomon's reign with rocks on the ground. It validated the historical basis of the Bible, Torah, and Quran and confirmed the rationale for the state of Israel's existence. It naturally follows that if Solomon really built the three Gates, then he also built the "House of the Lord", and the identical structures indicate one team of master masons. It was the long sought after historical nexus where scientific theory finally validated one critical piece of History sitting at the hinge of western civilization. The Old Testament was indeed written contemporaneously with most of the events it describes and is a valid recording of the viewpoints of Iron Age Man (GREAT History Channel discussion ! ) ( PBS )
Seven years after the excavation, in the fictional hollywood horror movie "The Omen II", the 1971 Excavation by Yigael Yadin of the Solomonic Gate and Wall played a featured role as "Yigael's Wall"... a herald of the apocalypse showing Revelations Face. The Fictional Movie Trailer shows a several hyped versions of the wall. It is the classic Horror Movie preview. The supernatural experiences of the movie actors and staff with paranormal events surrounding the original Omen movie are however more interesting, and by comparison, the first time was only a warning.
Unrecognized by me at the time, my life changed at that point. It was lots more fun, absolutely hyperactive, but really crazy at the same time. A pervasive wildness where the improbable became commonplace took hold. Adventure seemed to be, and was, everywhere. Risk aversion disappeared. Life became defined by a long series of crazy risks, phenomenal circumstances and coincidences that spanned decades. Many of Life's events bewildered me, and particularly in my younger years, often thrilled. Thrills that in time were replaced by intense misgivings as the meaning became clear. The events that followed were frankly so strange, that I feel the need to record them publicly and factually here. The purpose is not to entertain,... but to document.
It is a very long list of events, but still represents only a
minority of what has occurred. The intertwining coincidental
phenomena clearly defy probability, and as a result, challenge
belief. The sum total reflects the text that provides its milieu
in detail, from a televised revelations drama at the Election of
Pope Benedict, to a violent encounter with John Paul's almost
assassin disguised as a Money Changer in the courtyard of the
church of Justinian. It includes incidents from a contemporary
Holocaust of an entire people (Cambodia) and from their
international exodus, replete with its own Moses figure. Even the
slaughter of the innocents makes an appearance, and as if to make
the point fine, does so on Christmas Day. The one point I really
could have missed in all this, was the murder of my good friend
The events are described and documented herein.
The Aftermath: Stories from a Lifetime
Photos taken during Hazor 2003 Excavations with archaeologist Dr. Amnon Ben-Tor (featured in "Digging for the Truth") at the Solomonic Gate at Hazor. Amnon was a student under Yigael Yadin and was periodically present during the Solomonic Gate excavation at Tel Gezer in 1971,... and at many of the late night parties that summer on the Tel. He now runs excavations at the Biblical site... Hazor, and is the current Yigael Yadin professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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Footnote - Additional Events yet to be written down: a partial sample for my memory John Moulton's Akron Adventure, R Bud Dwyer's Allegheny Reporter, Solomon's Lamp, Damocles and Diane at Kalaelock, Fran Dresher on a Pinball Machine, Joans Ankle, Spirit in the Sunroof, Crows of the Eve, Chicago Subway Truth, Treadmill Company, Taj Mahal Snapshot, Natural Born loose in Bangkok, Rings in the Rafters, Mishawaka Tattooed Knuckles, The Naked Truth, The Grave of Tel Gezer, Squeezing with Rob and TL, Two Lights Dancing on the reflecting pool, Singles Weekend at the Holocaust Survivors reunion, Daddy Warbucks, Carrying the Chair, Biblical Passages replay, Crow commentary, The Day Johnny Cash Died, Spring 1956(?) UN Gen Assembly "walk-on debut" trailing rope and harness. Also, It increasingly appears that there is an entire second tier of signs and marks just beyond my view that happen to many people on the periphery of these events which I periodically hear about but have no way of documenting at present.
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