FROM 2,000 YEARS AGO, HEAR BELLS ON THE ROBE OF JUDAISM'S HIGH PRIEST

High Priests bells Photos City of David JerusalemAccording to the Bible, in Exodus 29:31, Judaism's High Priest was told to wear a robe with bells of gold on its skirt. Like knocking before entering a door, it announced the approach of the High Priest. What did it sound like? Now we know.

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Thanks to archeological findings and reconstructions, we have a pretty good idea of how the holy Temple in Jerusalem looked like, but what did it sound like?

The City of David, in collaboration with Muriel Celinger, has recently managed to reproduce the sound of the coattails of the high priest. This was done with the help of a golden bell discovered bell during the excavation of a drainage channel beneath Jerusalem in 2011 by archaeologist Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiques Authority.

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After discovering and researching the bell, made of pure gold, experts were confident they could recreate the sound produced by the 72 bells associated with the garb of the high priest.

"Through X-ray examination, we discovered that within the golden ball, which looks like a pomegranate without petals, there is a old thread about 4mm in size which produces the sound," Shukron explained.

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This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by YNet News at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4865651,00.html

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