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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.
Absalom's Pillar is approximately 47 feet in height. 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.
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.
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:
“ 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. ”
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.
The Monument of Absalom existed in the days of Josephus, and
was referred to in his Antiquities....
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