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Eli Shukron: Biblical Archaeology Come to Life

Eli Shukron is an Israeli archaeologist, excavator, scholar and a licensed tour guide of the ancient remains of Jerusalem.

Shukron received his master’s degree from the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Working for the Israel Antiquities Authority, Shukron excavated in Israel and in particular the holy city of Jerusalem for the past 25 years.

In the last 18 years, Eli has:

  • Excavated extensively in the city of David in Jerusalem.
  • Been one leading experts on the archaeology of Jerusalem.
  • Discovered and helped excavate the Pool of Siloam.
  • Discovered and helped excavate the Jerusalem Pilgrim Road from the Second Temple era.

Eli Shukron teaching a tour group

With his immense knowledge of ancient Jewish history and his unique experience working in Jerusalem and the City of David, Eli is one of the foremost Biblical archaeology. Having retired from archaeology field work, Eli now acts as a tour leader, helping travelers explore some of the very Biblical sites he himself excavated. At Living Passages, we are very blessed to have Eli participate in our Christian tours by sharing his work and his wisdom as we explore the very places where history has laid buried for thousands of years.

In Recent News:

The newly excavated ruins of ancient Jerusalem are changing the very way scholars envision the landscapes of the Bible. According to AnaRina Heymann, Outreach Coordinator at the City of David in Jerusalem, “The only part of ancient Jerusalem that lies in the Old City is the Temple Mount…The walls of the City of David are more than 3,000 years old.

Some of the most crucial discoveries that contributed to these new conclusions about the location of ancient Jerusalem, were the same Pool of Siloam and Pilgrim Road discovered by Shukron. Researchers believe that the pilgrim travelers going up to the Jewish Temple would wash in the Pool of Siloam before taking the Pilgrim Road up to Temple Mount. The Pool of Siloam is also famous as the spot where, in the New Testament, Jesus healed the blind man.

Another contribution made by Shukron was his work on the standing stone where it is believed Melchizedek received the tithe from Abraham.

And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. – Genesis 28:22

Eli’s Upcoming Work:

Eli Shukron will be acting as a guide to several of our upcoming tours, including our March 2018 tour with Dr. Frank Turek and our October cruise Pastor Bryan Hughes. In 2019 Eli will be one of the central figures at our September Living Passages Biblical Archaeology Conference and Cruise (if you would like to know more about this event, please emails us at [email protected] or call 888-771-8717 ext. 102).