Thursday, December 01, 2005

Oldest church in Israel discovered

According to this article from Reuters news service, dated Nov. 6, 2005, Israeli archaeologists have discovered what they believe is "the oldest Christian church" in Israel. The location was found while doing excavation to expand a prison. The remains of the structure is tentatively dated at around A.D. 250 to A.D. 320 (mid-third to early fourth century).

The church "was built in the style of a hall, and its mosaic floor contains geometric designs and an image of a fish." But more importantly for Christian theology, the floor also has "inscriptions in ancient Greek containing a reference to ‘the God Jesus Christ’ " (emphasis added).

This stands as one more proof that the belief in the deity of Jesus Christ is traceable to the earliest known Christian communities.

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