Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A British archaeologist claims to have found the house where Jesus grew

A British archaeologist says he has found, based on an ancient text, written in the year 670 AD, the house where Jesus spent his early life, reports

A modest stone and mortar structure, located in the middle of the slope of a hill, it could be the house where Jesus spent his early life. According to a British archaeologist, the house dates from the first century CE and was discovered on a text which speaks ancient building in Nazareth where the Virgin Mary and Joseph raised him Jesus.

Professor Ken Dark says that text - "The Locis Sanctis" - written in 670 en Adomnan Irish monk, says that Jesus grew up in a house located between two graves and near a church.

This text, which is based on reports made during a pilgrimage to Nazareth Arculf Franciscan bishop, speaks of a church "in which once was the home where Jesus was raised in his first years of life."

In the Byzantine period and again in the twelfth century, the Crusades, the ruins of the house were incorporated into the structure of a church - suggesting that the housing is of great importance and should be protected, says one British archaeologist, Professor Reading University.

The house was located in the middle of a limestone hill slope, have more room and a wooden staircase. One of the original entrance doors survived until today, as a portion of the limestone pavement in the main room.

In his article published in Biblical Archaeological Review, Professor Ken Dark says that although has no concrete proof, "there is no reason" that makes him believe that the structure was not Jesus' house.

British researcher studied the ruins, located in the north of Israel, in 2006.

The house was discovered by chance by a group of nuns from an ancient monastery in the 1880s importance of the discovery was immediately recognized, and the authorities were ordered to carry out excavations. Jesuit priest Henri Senes conducted a new series of excavations in 1936.

Since 2006, coordinated by Professor Ken Dark archaeologists discovered fragments into the area of ​​cookware, a time and limestone artifacts.

Objects made of limestone suggests that in that house lived a Hebrew family, as Jews believed that limestone can not be impure.

British teacher, specialist in Christian archeology century CE, says the building, which he believed to be the house where Jesus grew corresponds notes made by monk Adomnan.

The house is located below the monastery Sisters of Nazareth, which is across from the Church of the Annunciation.

Text written by the monk Adomnan describes two Church of Nazareth, and one of them is even Annunciation Church.

"The other (church, no) was nearby and was built next to a cave that held the remains of a fountain
and two graves," said British archaeologist.

Monastery of the Sisters of Nazareth fits that description, because archaeologists have found evidence confirming the presence into the area of ​​a Byzantine church, which had a fountain and two tombs in the crypt of his principal.

In 2009, archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority found another house in the first century CE nearby, which is believed to have lived a family of Hebrew. However, they argued that only Jesus could reside in that site, they may not certify this hypothesis.

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