The “wine of the Holy Land”: rare archaeological discovery from the 5th century in Israel

“Only God helps the beautiful property of master Adios, Amen. "

Darchaeologists recently unearthed a rare 5th century inscription at Tzur Natan in central Israel. 1600 years ago, Samaritan culture was at its peak. And it is a mosaic, 2,5 meters by 1 meter, found at the entrance of a wine press which bears witness to this today. Its inscription in Greek has been deciphered and translated by Professor Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and speaks of blessing.

“Only God helps the beautiful property of master Adios, Amen. "

According to the director of excavations, Doctor Hagit Torge, this discovery testifies to the success of the Samaritan:

“The inscription was found on an impressive wine press which apparently was part of the agricultural estate of a wealthy individual called Adios. This is only the second wine press discovered in Israel with a blessing inscription associated with the Samaritans. The first was discovered a few years earlier in Apollonia near Herzliya. […] The wine press is near the top of Tel Zur Natan, where the remains of a Samaritan synagogue were found along with another inscription and reveal the high status of Adios. "

The success of Adios is linked to the history of “wine from the Holy Land”:

“The early Christians wanted wine from the Holy Land. Wine production in the Holy Land therefore increased and was exported to Byzantium, whose headquarters are in what is today Turkey. "

Doctor Torge recalls that the presence of the Samaritans in Israel was due to a displacement of the population of which the Bible speaks in the second book of kings.

The king of Assyria brought in men from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and put them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel. They took possession of Samaria, and dwelt in its cities.



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