Finger of Og

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Finger of Og
Finger of Og is located in Israel
Finger of Og
Shown within Israel
Location Israel
Coordinates 31°46′55″N 35°13′18″E / 31.782075°N 35.221714°E / 31.782075; 35.221714
Type pillar
Length 12 metres (39 ft)
Material local stone

The Finger of Og King of Bashan, is the name given to a huge stone pillar, sometimes called Herod's Pillar, which lies in front of the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, Israel.

The column measures 12 metres (39 ft) long and is thought to have been intended for use in either Herod's Temple,[1][2] or the later Byzantine Nea Church.[3] Its upper surface is partially dressed and the discovery of a flaw appears to be the reason it was abandoned and left in-situ.[4]

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  1. ^ Neil Tilbury (October 1989). Israel, a travel survival kit. Lonely Planet. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-86442-015-2. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Zev Vilnay (10 March 2003). Legends of Palestine. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 112–113. ISBN 978-0-7661-4128-5. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Yoram Tsafrir. Procopius on the nea church, the cardo, and 'the finger of Og' in Jerusalem, Yad Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem, Israel (1976)
  4. ^ Patron- The Queen. Palestine Exploration Fund, Quarerly Statement. p. 32. Retrieved 28 December 2010.