Picture of the Month

July 2016

Dung Gate – one of the city gates of Jerusalem Old City

Dung Gate is situated at the south side of the old city wall of Jerusalem, southwest of the Temple Mount.

Dung Gate is probably named after the residue that was taken from the Temple into the Valley of Hinnom where it was burned. The ancient Dung Gate may not have been in the same location as the modern gate.

After arriving Jerusalem from Susa, Nehemiah woke up at night and went to inspect the city wall. “I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon’s Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.” (Neh. 2:13) Then Nehemiah organized the Israelites into groups to rebuild and repair the city wall. Nehemiah 3:13-14 records: “Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate; they rebuilt it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars, and repaired a thousand cubits of the wall, as far as the Dung Gate. Malchijah son of Rechab, ruler of the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate; he rebuilt it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.”

– explained by Helen Chan