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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Israel uncovers first Jesus-era house in Nazareth

I found this out by way of TurretinFan. I thought it was a good find, and so I wanted others to know about it as well.

"Israeli archaeologists said Monday that they
have uncovered remains of the first dwelling in the northern city of Nazareth
that can be dated back to the time of Jesus.

The find sheds a new light
on what Nazareth might have been like in Jesus' time, said the archaeologists,
indicating that it was probably a small hamlet with about 50 houses populated by
poor Jews.

The remains of a wall, a hideout and a cistern were found
after builders dug up an old convent courtyard in the northern Israeli city,
said archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Alexandre told reporters that archeologists also found clay and chalk
vessels used by Galilean Jews of the time - an indication the home belonged to a
simple Jewish family.

"It was likely Jesus and his childhood friends
would have known the house," said Alexandre.

"From the little written
evidence available we know that first century Nazareth AD was a small Jewish
village located in a valley," Alexandre said, adding that "until now a few
Jesus-era graves were revealed, but never have we unearthed the remains of
contemporary residences."

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