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December 21, 2009

One of the huge issues in NT history is that we really couldn’t support Nazareth existing from the time of Jesus. Now we can.

Jesus – Era House Found In Nazareth For First Time

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Published: December 21, 2009

Filed at 8:48 a.m. ET

NAZARETH, Israel (Reuters) – Remains of a house from the time of Jesus have been found in Nazareth — the first discovery of its kind in the place where he grew up, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said on Monday.

Archaeologists did not draw any direct link between the Nazareth dwelling and Jesus. His mother Mary’s childhood home, many Christian faithful believe, was a cave over which Nazareth’s imposing Church of the Annunciation now stands.

Yardenna Alexandre, who directed a dig near the church, said it exposed the walls of a first-century house that consisted of two rooms and a courtyard.

“The discovery is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth,” Alexandre said in a statement issued by the Antiquities Authority.

“The building that we found is small and modest and it is most likely typical of the dwellings in Nazareth in that period,” she said.

“Until now, a number of tombs from the time of Jesus were found in Nazareth, however no settlement remains had been discovered that were attributed to this period.”

Alexandre described Nazareth, now Israel’s largest Arab city with a population of some 65,000, as a “small hamlet” during Jesus’s time.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. erp permalink
    December 21, 2009 8:33 pm

    Well it should be interesting reading the scholarly paper on it when it is published. I must point out that first century includes about 65 years after Jesus was dead so the house might not overlap with his lifetime. (However I had seen no strong evidence that Nazareth had not existed then.)

    Also some churches celebrate your patron saint today so may you have a doubting day.

  2. thomas2026 permalink*
    December 21, 2009 9:38 pm

    Thank you very much! The patron saint of doubt will always be honored here.

    Yeah, I never understood why some scholars bang on about this one, as it was mostly an argument from silence anyway (as all archelogical arguments must be until proof arises one way or another).

  3. thomas2026 permalink*
    December 21, 2009 10:23 pm

    Actually, Erp, it was today but it’s been moved to July 3. I was kicking myself because I thought I had missed it!!!

  4. erp permalink
    December 22, 2009 6:32 pm

    I think it depends on the church (think ultraconservative Anglican) hence ‘some’. Anyway why can ‘t Thomas have multiple feast days.

  5. Johann permalink
    December 22, 2009 10:52 pm

    “Question with boldness even the date of your feast day…” 😉

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