This groundbreaking article by the late Bargil Pixner, a Benedictine priest and my dear friend, mentor, and colleague, was published in Biblical Archaeology Review in May/June, 1997 as a cover story. One of my great honors was to edit this article from the German and put it into BAR magazine style under the guidance of editor Hershel Shanks. This, along the a previous cover story in BAR magazine titled “Church of the Apostles Found on Mt. Zion,” in May/June, 1990–seven years earlier, were absolutely groundbreaking. Together they represent a core component of Pixner’s lifelong work on tracing the archaeology of earliest Christianity and the Jesus movement in Jerusalem. Other than Jim Strange and Shimon Gibson, there is no one from whom I have learned more of ancient Jerusalem–both underground and what remains visible to this day–after nearly 2000 years!
You can read the article here, made available in PDF format with side notes by Michael McKinney of Century One Foundation, published with permission from the late BAR editor, Hershel Shanks. Here is the embedded PDF (allow time to upload and zoom in as needed) and you can visit Mike’s site for a hyperlinked version here.Jerusalem’s Essene Gateway