A team of archaeologists claimed that they made an important discovery for the Christianity world. They believe they found the lost Roman city of Julias. This village was known as Bethsaida, which was the birthplace to the first holy apostles Andrew, Philip, and Peter. They served Jesus together with nine other men.
Last month, a team of archaeologists at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College in Israel and Nyack College in New York saw the end of their recent work. They were just finishing excavations in the el-Araj region located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Numerous theories pointed out that this place used to be the ancient city of Julias, which was also known as Bethsaida.
The team of archaeologists stated that they found solid evidence which indicates the true identity of the location. If their claims are true, the Christianity community will find another of the few missing puzzle pieces of their Bible. Most of the sites that the Holy Book mentioned have already been identified.
“The results of this season’s excavation indicate that el-Araj should now be considered a leading candidate for the lost city.”
The Birthplace of Three Holy Apostles Is Mentioned in the Bible Several Times
According to Josephus Flavius, a Jewish historian, Bethsaida used to be a fishing village. During 1st century AD, the Roman city of Julias took its place. The New Testament mentioned this location as the birthplace of three of the first holy apostles of Jesus, Philip, Peter, and Andrew.
There are two other mentions of the village that are actually linking it to two miracles that Jesus created. According to Mark 8:22-26, Jesus was seen how he healed a blind man in this village. The Bible describes the second miraculous event in Luke 9:10-17. This was when Jesus fed around 5,000 hungry people with just a handful of fish and bread.
These two events that Bethsaida witnessed charged this lost city with crucial importance for the religious world. The hints that revealed the identity of this location consist of unearthed historical vestiges such as coins and pottery from the Roman era.
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