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Archaeologists May Have Found Ruins of Significant Biblical City

Even in the year 2018, the search for Jesus and his apostles continues, but as the Bible teaches, patience is a virtue. Archeologists may have stumbled upon a major discovery for Judeo-Christian religions after they uncovered a lost city in Israel. The city was known for being the homeland of three apostles in the Bible, and is believed to be a place where Jesus performed some miracles.

The fishing village, which was a Roman settlement, was first mentioned in the works of the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius. It was built by King Philip, who was the son of Herod the Great. The city was originally named Julias after Julia Augusta, the mother of Roman Emperor Tiberius. It later was called Bethsaida.

According to the Bible, Peter, Andrew and Philip, three of the twelve apostles, hailed from the village of Bethsaida. It was mentioned in the New Testament in John 1:44: "Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida."

Josephus also mentioned that Philip died in the city, and was ceremonially buried there.

The location was described in Luke 9:10-17 as the place where the miracle of the loaves and the fish took place. This well-known Bible story says that Jesus had 5,000 followers in one place, but they were running out of food. He turned five loaves of bread and two fish into enough to feed the masses.

In the Gospel of Mark, 8:22-26, Jesus healed a blind man at the same location.

The site was first discovered by Israel and Nyack College in New York during el-Araj excavations. It is being excavated now by archeologists from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeology.

“The results of this season’s excavation indicate that el-Araj should now be considered a leading candidate for the lost city of Jesus’ Apostles,” said a report from the dig team.

“There are indications that we’re excavating Bethsaida-Julia – we have to continue digging to confirm and clarify,” said Professor Steven Notley of Nyack College, the academic director of the dig. “This is really one of the few [biblical sites] that has remained lost.”

The dig has gotten some criticism from skeptics who do not believe that the location has any ties to the Bible. Part of the argument is that initial headlines claimed the ‘homes’ of the apostles of Jesus were found. In fact, it is just a village believed to have been the home of the three apostles. No individual dwelling places have been uncovered, and no person’s remains have been tied to Jesus or his ministry in any way.

"We did not write the headline," Notley has argued.

Still, what, if any, secrets the village holds remains to be seen. It’s long been believed that Bethsaida once stood in the area. Since 1839, the lost settlement was assumed to have been in the e-Tell area. The Bethsaida Project has been excavating sites in the region since 1987 attempting to find it.

This particular site was stumbled upon in 2016, and the work has only just begun. Thus far, archeologists have uncovered courtyard, paved paths, housing and other structures. A lot of fishing tools, such as nets, hooks and anchors, have been discovered within the remains of the homes, proving that it was in all likelihood a fishing village.

Source: Braincharm
Photos: Zachary Wong, Fox News Screenshots, You Tube

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