BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The Israel Antiquities Authority on Sunday provided a uncommon glimpse into its storerooms, the place employees stated latest archaeological discoveries have solid new light on life on the time of Christ.
The occasion was organized forward of the upcoming Christian vacation of Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus following his crucifixion.
Among finds from the primary century AD found round Jerusalem and the Galilee, the place the Bible says Jesus lived and preached, are vases, cooking utensils, a wine press, nails used in crucifixions, jewelery and ossuaries.
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“Nowadays we can restore in a very clear way the daily life during that period, from the moment of birth, through the person’s life, his dining customs, where he travelled across the land, and until his day of death including his burial,” Gideon Avni, head of the authority’s archaeology division, advised AFP.
“Over the past 20 years we have made a great leap in understanding the way of life of Jesus and his contemporaries,” he stated.
“Every week new components are found which permit a greater understanding of this era.
“The names on the ossuaries have been recognizable, with identified figures which can be talked about in the Talmud for instance, and that is the way you create the connection between what you discover these days and the individuals who lived right here 2,000 years in the past.”
Avni stated that the authority is custodian of multiple million objects, and every year receives about 40,000 new finds from about 300 archaeological websites.
“The essential thing for us is to be able to understand very precisely the way of life in the time of Jesus, from birth to death,” he stated.
The authority additionally displayed on Sunday cash from the late Byzantine interval, which had been hid by their proprietor contained in the wall of a constructing, apparently as he fled an invading Persian military.
“He probably hoped to go back and collect it, but today we know that he was unable to do so,” archaeologist Annette Landes-Nagar advised journalists.
“This invasion was one of the factors that culminated in the end of Byzantine rule in the land of Israel.”
She added that the 9 items from the seventh century AD have been found in the ruins of a constructing utilized by pilgrims on the highway to Jerusalem from Jaffa seaport.
Remains of a Byzantine church have been excavated close by. CBB