Ultima Thule

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Christianity's oldest chapel discovered in Megiddo

By Aussiegirl

A rare archeological find in Megiddo with the discovery of the oldest Christian chapel ever found. Israel is planning to move the prison in order to preserve this historical treasure. Imagine what would happen if this ancient Christian chapel was discovered on Moslem territory - first it wouldn't be, because the Moslems aren't interested in archeology or history, and second, if it wasn't Moslem they would either destroy it, as they did the 150 ft. tall Bamian Buddhas in Afghanistan, or turn it into a mosque, as they've done with the ancient shrine of St. Sophia, Byzantium's holiest church, which is now a mosque in Constantinople.

Jerusalem Post Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

In an unprecedented move, Israel's top archaeological body is recommending that the Megiddo Prison be relocated due to the recent discovery of the most ancient Christian place of worship ever found in Israel on the grounds of the prison.

The ruins of the Christian prayer hall, which was located inside a Roman villa, date back to the first half of the third century CE, making the chapel the earliest place of Christian worship ever unearthed in the Holy Land, excavation director and Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yotam Tepper said Tuesday.

The site in question, which is located between an ancient Jewish village dating back to the Roman period and what used to be a Roman Army camp, was uncovered last year after authorities sought to expand the prison grounds and prisoners stumbled upon the ruins during routine excavations.

The building, which is thought to have belonged to a Roman officer, has a rectangular hall with a mosaic floor bearing geometric patterns, a medallion decorated with drawings of fish - a symbol widely used in early Christianity - and three Greek inscriptions.


At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My but you're tough on Islam. However, It is not Islam that turns a blind eye to other religious traditions, but rather the radicals who feed the Islamic revolution that has swept through the Mideast. Specifically the Wahabis, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Islamic Brotherhood, among others. One can't equate these groups with the entire people or religion of Islam.

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Scythian Princess said...

Your reasoning is very faulty, Anonymous.

There is a secular saying to the effect that "True evil occurs when good men (and presumably women) do nothing."

Muslims could publicly denounce these radicals and condemn their actions, but we don't hear of (m)any such denunciations or condemnations from Muslim leaders. One could be forgiven for interpreting the deafening silence for tacit approval of the thugs who claim, clearly uncontested, to represent Islam.

Muslims simply do not have a track record of demonstrating tangible respect for other religions, particularly Christianity and Judaism, much less secular humanism.

Then again, there is Muslim law of Dhimmitude, which I suppose wishful thinkers with low standards could perceive as "religious tolerance." And when that law is imposed on them they will wail and gnash their teeth, because they won't be allowed the freedom to do anything else.

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

Scythian Princess, I completely agree with your comment. I especially like what you said about Dhimmitude, calling it, with delicious sarcasm, "religious tolerance" as perceived by "wishful thinkers with low standards"! Touche! And let's not forget the historical significance of Megiddo, as we learn in this very article: "Megiddo, also known as Armageddon, is the place where the New Testament says the ultimate battle of good and evil will be waged."


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