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Archaeologists Claim They Have Found Lost Roman City Home To Jesus' Apostles

Archaeologists spend a ton of time digging for the proverbial gold, and every once in awhile they strike paydirt. It certainly sounds like that’s the case for this group. Geologists Prof. Noam Greenbaum from Haifa University and Dr. Nati Bergman from the Yigal Alon Kinneret Limnological Laboratory are confident that they’ve discovered one of the most fascinating finds of recent years.

As Newsmax shares, the archaeologists claim that they’ve uncovered the ancient Roman city of Julias, which just so happened to be home to a trio of Jesus' apostles

“Archaeologists think they may have found the lost Roman city of Julias, the home of three apostles of Jesus: Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21). A multi-layered site discovered on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, in the Bethsaida Valley Nature Reserve, is the spot, the team believes,” Haaretz reports.

“The key discovery is of an advanced Roman-style bathhouse. That in and of itself indicates that there had been a city there, not just a fishing village, Dr. Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College told Haaretz.”

Aviam offered up some more specifics on this find, which has opened up a ton of eyes in the archaeological community.

“Josephus reported that the king had upgraded Bethsaida from a village into a polis, a proper city," he said. "He didn't say it had been built on or beside or underneath it. And indeed, all this time, we have not known where it was. But the bathhouse attests to the existence of urban culture."

Assuming that the home of the Apostles has been really uncovered here, we can expect an extensive excavation progress to commence right away. That could lead to the discovery of all kinds of fascinating artifacts, and it sounds like one has already been found not too far away.

“And has a major missing church been found too? The excavators found walls with gilded glass tesserae for a mosaic, an indication of a wealthy and important church,” Haaretz adds. “Willibald, the bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, visited the Holy Land in 725 C.E., and in his itinerary, he describes his visit to a church at Bethsaida that was built over the house of Peter and Andrew. It may well be that the current excavations have unearthed evidence for that church, say the archaeologists.”

The archaeologists have noted that there are other candidates for the lost city they believe they have uncovered, but they’re definitely on the right track.

“Two other candidates for the ancient Roman city Julias include nearby sites by the lake, Haaretz reported. But after finding the bathhouse and other Roman-era remains below the Byzantine ruins at el-Araj, archaeologists think it's the strongest candidate for the lost city where Christ's apostles lived, Haaretz reported,” Newsmax adds. “A key argument in favor of el-Araj being Julias lies in a mistake about the level of the Sea of Galilee, Haaretz reported.”

Whether they’ve found the lost city or if there remains some more digging to be done, we can expect their findings to capture a ton of attention moving forward.

Source: Newsmax
Photo: Zachary Wong via Haaretz

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