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Early Christian Church Unearthed

Early Christian Church Unearthed In Israeli Prison

Posted: Tuesday, November 8 , 2005, 12:37 (UK)
Archeaologists are excited over a find in an Israeli maximum-security prison of what they believe to be the earliest Christian church to ever be discovered in the Holy Land

A maximum-security jail just down the road from the site of the biblical Battle of Armageddon is the unlikely site of what archaeologists believe to be the oldest Christian churches discovered in the Holy Land.

The site was discovered by prisoners who were digging for possible artefacts in preparation for the construction of a new security wing.

The ruins include mosaic floors with inscriptions in ancient Greek referring to “The God Jesus Christ” and one featuring the early Christian image of two fish, with archaeologists estimating the date of the site to be somewhere in the mid-third to fourth century.

“This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity,” archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities told journalists on a tour of the excavation on Sunday, reports Reuters.

Yotam Tepper, who heads the excavation, told journalists: “This is, in Israel for sure, the earliest church.”

Mr Tepper told Israel’s Channel Two television that the discovery could help shed new light on an important period of Christianity, which was banned by the Romans until the fourth century, reports the BBC.

This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity.

YArdena Alexandre of Israeli Antiquities

“Normally we have from this period in our region historical evidence from literature, not archaeological evidence,” he said. “There is no structure you can compare it to; it is a very unique find.”

One inscription on the floor makes reference to a Roman soldier who helped to pay for the mosaics, while another dedicates a table to Jesus Christ. Archaeologists suspect the Megiddo church was built to serve a local Christian community during a quiet period in the persecution often meted out to Christians in the Roman Empire.

“What is important about this find (at Megiddo) is it is in a transitional period. It is the very beginning of churches. There was not standard plan of a church,” said Yardena Alexandre.

According to Reuters, no decision has been made by the prison on what to do with the site.

please tell me where i can find more inro about this find....any articles and such. i have a quest to study early church history, especially the first 100 years, but a find like this i have to research and find out more baout, any info will be appreciated.

may God shine a light in your life
Here`s a few links you might find helpful...

Early Christian Church Unearthed

ICLnet contains one of the largest and most complete archiving of "classical" Christian materials available on the Internet.

"Early Christian Writings" is the most complete collection of documents from the first two centuries with translations and commentary. Includes the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, and Church Fathers.

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