- Title: Home of Jesus' apostles possibly found - Archaeologists
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: AL ARAJ, NORTHERN SHORE OF SEA OF GALILEE, ISRAEL (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AVIAM EXAMINING SITE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF INSTITUTE OF GALILEAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN KINNERET ACADEMIC COLLEGE, DR. MORDECHAI AVIAM, SAYING: "First of all we are in a place which is very close both to the Jordan River and to the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and second we have clear evidence this site existed in the Roman Period first to the third century and the discovery of a bathhouse, remains of a bathhouse at the site show us that this is not just a simple rural place, but a little bit more than that and that could reflect the transfer of Bethsaida the village into Julias the Polis, in a time of Herod Philip who was the king of this region. Josephus Flavius says that Philip upgraded the village of Bethsaida and made it a Polis by the name of Julias. We think we have the first evidence to say that this is Julias of Josephus Flavius and other sites, and the other site that was excavated at Et-Tell did not yield any remains of any clear remains of a city life."
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2017 15:02
- Keywords: Israel Archaeology Julias Jesus Apostles New Testament
- Location: AL ARAJ, NORTHERN SHORE OF SEA OF GALILEE, ISRAEL / UKNOWN LOCATION
- City: AL ARAJ, NORTHERN SHORE OF SEA OF GALILEE, ISRAEL / UKNOWN LOCATION
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0036TAPD21
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- Story Text:Archeologists in Israel believe they have discovered the lost Roman city of Julias, previously known as Bethsaida, which according to Christian tradition was the home of three of Jesus' apostles - Peter, Andrew and Philip.
Several locations near the Sea of Galilee were possible candidates for Julias, but the recent discovery of an advanced Roman-style bathhouse at the multi-layered site of al-Araj excavated by Dr. Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret college, indicated that unlike the other locations, there had been a large city there and not merely a fishing village, he said.
This finding matched the report of Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, who wrote that the Jewish monarch King Philip Herod, son of Herod the Great, transformed the small fishing village of Bethsaida into a Roman polis, around 30 AD. He renamed it "Julias" in honour of Livia Drusilla known as Julia Augusta, the mother of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.
Aviam explained that the team found the remains of the bathhouse, as well as coins, in an older layer dating from the late Roman period (1st to 3rd centuries AD), below the Byzantine level.
He added that the team also found the remains of a mosaic, an indication for an elaborate church at the site - a discovery which could match an 8th century AD report of a church at Bethsaida that according to tradition was built over the house of Peter and Andrew.
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