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First Temple remains discovered in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM( JTA) — Remains from the First Temple period were discovered in eastern Jerusalem.

The remains include a handle on which the Hebrew words "To Menachem" are inscribed.

The artifacts were discovered recently during an archaeological excavation conducted the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Ras el-Amud neighborhood prior to the construction of a girls’ school by the Jerusalem municipality.

It is not the first time that names similar to Menachem, which is an expression of condolence, have been found in Israel.

Excavation director Ron Beeri said such names appeared earlier in the Canaanite period: The name Yinachem was found written on an Egyptian pottery shard that dates to the 18th dynasty.

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