Archeology: The house of Peter and Andrew finally located in Israel?

“We only carried out 6 weeks of excavations, in a very small area. Nevertheless, the results are significant and clear. "

SItching the house of Pierre and André gives rise to many debates. A discovery of El Araj Excavation Project perhaps just put an end to these questions. A Byzantine church has just been unearthed in El Araj. However, according to history, the latter would have been built on the house of the first apostles, in a village then called Bethsaida.

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Several discoveries prove that these ruins are indeed those of a Byzantine church. Among them, mosaic tiles which "appear only in churches", the west-east axis, the central nave, the piece of chalk engraved with a cross.

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If everyone agrees on the fact that it is indeed a church, the question concerns the bringing together of this church precisely, to the house of Peter and Andrew. And it is History that provides an answer. Indeed, in 725, a bishop by the name of Willibald visited the Holy Land. He speaks of his journey between Capernaüm and Kursi and of the construction of a church on the house of Peter and Andrew.

For Professor Mordechain Aviam of Kinneret Academic College, "no other church has been found between these two cities." For his part, Professor R. Steven Notley of the private Christian college in New York, is waiting for an inscription to confirm this theory:

“It would be normal to find an inscription in a church from the Byzantine period, describing in memory of whom it was built, for example. "

The two professors wrote a press release, entitled Has Bethsaida-Julias been found? They conclude their research as follows:

“We only carried out 6 weeks of excavations, in a very small area. Nevertheless, the results are significant and clear. It is a site of Roman times with traces of urbanization. We hope that in the seasons to come new evidence […] will be uncovered. "

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source: Haaretz

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