Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Uncovering the world's oldest church

By Aussiegirl

Archaeologists discover possibly the world's oldest Christian church. Fascinating.


Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Land's oldest church.

The discovery of the church in the northern Israeli town of Megiddo, near the biblical Armageddon, was hailed by experts as an important discovery that could reveal details about the development of the early church in the region. Archaeologists said the church dated from the third century, decades before Constantine legalized Christianity across the Byzantine Empire.

"What's clear today is that it's the oldest archaeological remains of a church in Israel, maybe even in the entire region. Whether in the entire world, it's still too early to say," said Yotam Tepper, the excavation's head archaeologist.

Israeli officials were giddy about the discovery, with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon calling the church "an amazing story."

Vatican officials also hailed the find.

"A discovery of this kind will make Israel more interesting to all Christians, for the church all over the world," said Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican envoy to Jerusalem. "If it's true that the church and the beautiful mosaics are from the third century, it would be one of the most ancient churches in the Middle East."


At 10:40 AM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

I have already read variations on this discovery elsewhere, including a picture of the mosaic floor with the center and focal point being of two fish. The fish were positioned similar to the Zodiac sign for Pisces, but one fish was more prominent. I didn't see anything that was "covered in fish" as described in the article, but then I only saw one picture of the floor.

The initial article in the Jewish Post on Nov. 5, made no mention of the battle of Armageddon, but I long ago read that "Megiddo" was believed to be where the troops would gather in the valley for the battle. So when I read of this discovery, I could feel a chill go down my back, as I wondered if this could be another sign of something to come.

I personally have no proof of any of these things, and I am not an antiquities scholar, I am merely someone who is watching world events unfold.

There are wars and rumors of wars, false prophets abound, famine in a world of plenty, an unusual number of large earthquakes and a tsunami, Christian persecution is on the upswing, even though the gospel is preached throughout the world . . .

"When these things begin to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh."
Luke 21:28


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