Tomb of Absalom

Tomb of Absalom in Wikipedia

Tomb of Absalom (Hebrew: יד אבשלום‎, Transl. Yad Avshalom; literally Absalom's Shrine), also called Absalom's Pillar, is an ancient monumental rock-cut tomb with a conical roof located in the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem, Israel. Although traditionally ascribed to Absalom, the rebellious son of King David of Israel (circa 1000 B.C.E.), recent scholarship has attributed it to the first century C.E. Description -- Absalom's Pillar is approximately 47 feet in height.[1] The lower half of the monument is a solid, monolithic block, about twenty feet square by twenty-one feet high, surrounded on three sides by passageways which separate it from the walls of the cliff of the Mount of Olives. The upper half is built of ashlar stones and is hollow, with an access hole on the south side about halfway up. Inside this portion is a room eight feet square, with unoccupied arcosolia graves on two sides and a small burial niche.[2] An analysis of the architectural styles used indicates that the monument's construction and its first stage of use happened during the first century C.E.[3] Traditional attribution -- Absalom's shrine has traditionally been identified as the monument of Absalom, rebellious son of King David, based on a verse in the Book of Samuel[4]: " Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the Monument after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's Monument.[5] " For centuries, it was the custom among passersby-Jews, Christians and Muslims-to throw stones at the monument. Residents of Jerusalem would bring their unruly children to the site to teach them what became of a rebellious son.[4] The Monument of Absalom existed in the days of Josephus, and was referred to in his Antiquities.[6]...

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