Sunday, June 25, 2006

Who owns the Jerusalem Tomb of the Kings?

The Jerusalem Tomb of the Kings are currently under French ownership due to a 19th century sale. But that is now under scholarly challenge as not fully legal.
[An] essay concludes that the site's original owner may have bestowed it with the status of hekdesh (a trust), a step that would have precluded its subsequent sale to the French government.

"The legal basis for the tomb's transfer to French government possession is extremely problematic," the scholarly article concludes, stating that, "there needs to be a renewed examination of the site's true ownership."

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