A Nation Born – The Altar on Mt Ebal
by Professor Adam Zertal
Two years ago the team at Prophecy Watchers stood on this exact spot in Israel . . . in awe of the ancient footprints on which we were walking. History came alive! What an experience to be at ground level with the ancient Israelites, who were exiting Egypt and heading to the Promised Land. Aaron Lipkin, son of our long-time friend from Israel, Avi Lipkin, made it a personal mission to help publish Zertal’s extraordinary discovery and publish it for all the world to see. Ironically, Professor Zertal lectured our group on our trip to Israel.
Professor Adam Zertal (1936-2015) was an Israeli Professor of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. He is recognized for discovering Joshua’s (stone) Altar, which Moses commanded the Israelites to build atop Mount Ebal to worship the LORD (Joshua 8). The site is also where the tribes carried out the ceremony of the Blessings and the Curses (Deuteronomy 27-28).
Zertal summarizes the long process of his discovery and excavation of the Altar site. He clearly explains his rationale and analysis of the data concerning the truth of a literal entry of the Israelites into the Land of Canaan; the birth of Ancient Israel and the subsequent development of the new nation. A Nation Born is a compelling saga covering more than two decades of Professor Zertal’s life and his work in the Heartland of Israel, Judea and Samaria. This is as much a professional record as it is a personal memoir of his adventures and discoveries. including the triumphs and challenges.