The Broad Wall:
The refugees that came to Jerusalem from the collapsing kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE built their homes in an unsettled area on the city’s western hill, and King Hezekiah had to protect this area from Sennacherib’s army ahead of the Assyrian siege. This video shows the massive wall that Hezekiah built, a portion of which was uncovered in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem by archaeologist Nahman Avigad. At the foot of the wall are the remains of private dwellings that were demolished during its construction, an action that angered the prophet Isaiah.
The Arch of Titus and the Temple Menorah From Jerusalem to Rome and back:
Using breathtaking animation, The Arch of Titus reconstructs the triumphal procession in which Titus marched the vast amount of booty taken from Jerusalem in 70 CE, including the golden menorah from the Temple, through the streets of Rome. A picture of the menorah being carried by Roman troops was carved on a monumental victory arch in Rome 2000 years ago, and since then it has been a symbol of degradation and oppression for the Jewish people. The film follows the dramatic events that turned the Arch of Titus into a symbol of freedom and liberty, and the captive menorah into the official symbol of the State of Israel.
King David’s Palace in the City of David:
The Davidic dynasty, which ruled for more than 400 years, was established in a palace of cedar wood built by King David in Jerusalem with the help of Hiram, king of Tyre. The film invites viewers into the ruins of the building in the City of David identified by the archaeologist Eilat Mazar as David’s palace, and to see the main events that took place there. David’s opulent “House of Cedar” proclaimed his power and might. Unlike in most royal palaces of those days, however, criticism of the king was also heard there at times, and at end of a day’s work running the kingdom, other sounds reverberated—sounds of song and music, spiritual life and creativity.
The Shiloah (Siloam) Tunnel
The rebellion of the king of Judah against the Assyrian Empire in 701 BCE placed Jerusalem in great danger. This video depicts Jerusalem’s ordeal under the threat of Assyrian siege and Hezekiah’s creative solution to the city’s resulting water problem. Hezekiah’s water system was an engineering wonder that included the hewing of a 533-meter-long tunnel in the depths of the rock. By means of Hezekiah’s tunnel, which is mentioned in the Bible and in the Shiloah (Siloam) Inscription, the water of the Gihon Spring was diverted into the city, out of reach of the Assyrians.