KTF REWIND: Archaeologists claim they have discovered the site where Jesus Christ healed a blind man

A small group of archaeologists claim to have discovered the site where Jesus Christ allegedly performed a miracle by healing a blind man. Working on a site on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, a huge freshwater lake in Israel, the researchers say they have discovered the ruins of the historic settlement of Bethsaida.

The site, which is mentioned in the New Testament, is known by Christians worldwide as the place that Jesus, according to the Bible, healed a man that was born blind.

Christian Today says the excavations started in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Mordechai Aviam from the Kinneret College.

The two probes dug by the team below the Byzantine floors yielded Roman pottery and a considerable number of coins.

However, no Byzantine objects were found.

The team did manage to find a layer of silt they later traced to the Jordan River.

The researchers now aim to learn more about Bethsaida in order to expand their knowledge about the settlement’s place in the Bible.

The news comes after a 1,400-year-old Christian Church was unearthed near the Seat of Galilee.

Researchers speculated that the church may be the legendary “Church of the Apostles” which was supposedly built above the home of Peter and Andrew, two early followers of Jesus.

Several digs are taking place in Israel
Several digs are taking place in Israel. Image copyright: Getty Images

Historical geographer, Steven Notley, said the team now believe they had been digging at the site of the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, which later became the Roman city of Julias.

The discovery was particularly interesting and revelatory as archaeologists have been excavating a separate site, believing it to be where the village of Bethsaida was, since the 1980s.

The previous site was around a mile inland from the newer site on the lakeshore at Beit Habek, also known as El Araj.

Mr Notley said his team is now convinced that they have located the actual site of Bethsaida.

Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper
Jesus and his disciples during the Last Supper. Image copyright: Getty Images
A lot of the findings revolve around sites located in the Byzantine empire
A lot of the findings revolve around sites located in the Byzantine empire. Image copyright: Getty Images

He think the Byzantine-era church they have discovered is the one described by a Christian pilgrim in the eighth century as being built over the house of Jesus’ apostles Peter and Andrew, who were brothers.

The New Testament features several mentions of Bethsaida.

Along with healing a blind man, Jesus is said to have fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.

The book also claimed that he walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee.

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Bethsaida was a small fishing village and is recorded to have been home to at least three of Jesus’ early followers, the apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip.

After Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter is said to have become the leader, or first pope, of the early Christian church.

Another Christina revelation occurred when the Daily Express reported last week that an expert was stunned when she discovered the Son of God’s face in an ancient ruin.

The church in question is located in Shiva, which was a Byzantine agricultural village in the heart of the desert.

The image showed a face that experts believe to be Jesus
The image showed a face that experts believe to be Jesus (Image: Twitter/Maayan Dror )

Jesus’ face appeared just about recognisable on a wall inside the ruined church.

According to art historian Dr Emma Maayan-Fanar, the Shivta painting shows a man with a short curly hair, a long face and an elongated nose.

The Israeli publication Haaretz reported that reports of the appearance and depiction of Jesus in the Holy Land are extremely rare, making the sighting even more extraordinary.

Written By: Joel Day

First Published: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1179786/jesus-christ-discovery-christianity-archaeologists-byzantine-religion-roman

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