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Next to him, Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, made repairs. Next to him, Hananiah one of the perfumers made repairs, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. Bible

“Broad Wall.” The Broad Wall is a wall that King Hezekiah built to defend Jerusalem from the Assyrians. Today a part of it can be seen in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The archaeologist Nahman Avigad uncovered about 70 yards (about 65 meters) of the Broad Wall in the 1970’s. The wall is over 21 feet wide (7 meters) in some places, so we can see why the ancients referred to it as “the Broad Wall.” Although it would have been much taller in biblical times, the archaeological remains are just over 10 feet high (3.3 meters). The Broad Wall is mentioned here in Nehemiah, and is likely included as part of the fortification of the “wall” of Jerusalem (Isaiah 22:10).


Commentary for: Nehemiah 3:8