Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Christmas Miracle

I doubt it's any coincidence archaeologists are choosing this time of year to make this announcement. A first century home in Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus and his parents, has been uncovered.

Here is Yardeni Alexandre from the Israeli Antiquities Authorities holding first century pottery shards found at what is becoming known as the 'Nazareth house'.

Here is a picture of one of the walls of the house itself.

Several important points have already been discovered. It seems like Nazareth was indeed a tiny, out of the way village, with possibly as few as 50 houses. This estimate is based on the tiny findings at the neighboring graveyard. No wonder one of Jesus' potential disciples once asked "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"

More details and links to the research on Todd Bolen's excellent blog, Bible Places: "First-Century House Excavated in Nazareth"