Archaeologists may have found a place that Jesus—as well as Peter, Andrew, and Philip—knew very well.
In Matthew 11, Jesus expresses his frustration with the people in his native region who, despite witnessing his mighty works, refused to repent and believe the Gospel.
One of the groups he singled out were the residents of Bethsaida, the home town of Peter, Andrew and Philip. “Woe to you, Bethsaida!” he declared. “For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.”
Other mentions of Bethsaida in the Gospels refer to those mighty works: Jesus healing a blind man in Mark 8, and in Luke 9, feeding the 5,000.
As I never get tired of saying, Christianity is an historical faith. It tells the story of God’s actions in human history, not some mythical “once upon a time.” Thus, as I also never get tired of telling you, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when archaeologists discover evidence that confirms this fact.
That is exactly what happened recently on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. There, archaeologists from Israel and from the United States found a “multi-layered site” that included “an advanced Roman-style bathhouse.”
This and other artifacts, including pottery and Roman coins dating from about 65 A.D., led them to conclude that they had discovered the ancient city of Julias. According to the historian Flavius Josephus, King Philip Herod, the first husband of the Herodias who told her daughter to ask for head of John the Baptist on a platter, turned a sleepy fishing village into a full-fledged Roman city. Then, in a brazen attempt to curry favor, he changed the name to Julias in honor of the Emperor’s mother.
That village, a you’ve probably guessed, was Bethsaida.
In addition to the Roman bathhouse, excavators also found what may be the remains of a “major missing church.” They “found walls with gilded glass tesserae [that is, small blocks] for a mosaic, an indication of a wealthy and important church.”
The significance of this find lies in the writings of Willibald, an eighth-century bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria. He traveled to the Holy Land around 725 A.D. and later wrote about visiting a church in Bethsaida that “was built over the house of Peter and Andrew.”
Until recently, these kinds of stories were dismissed as pious legends. That is, until archaeologists working in Capernaum, digging on the site of a Byzantine Church “supposedly” built over the remains of Peter’s home, discovered the remains of “a Roman-era home that had already evolved into a communal center of veneration by the end of the first century.”
Something similar might be happening in this latest discovery. As archaeologist Steven Notley told National Geographic, “[What Willibard’s account] tells us is that in the Byzantine period we have living memory of the site of Bethsaida and he identifies it with the Gospel tradition.”
Even if this possible connection to Peter does not pan out, what’s going on the shores of the Sea of Galilee is yet another example of something else that I never tire of telling you, the Bible is the best-attested book of antiquity.
This is true whether you’re talking about manuscripts or archaeological evidence. It could hardly be otherwise since biblical revelation is, at its heart, a narrative about what God did in human history, culminating in the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
The same Jesus of Nazareth who walked in the city being excavated today near the Sea of Galilee.
@Tomi, did you see the front page of the Times newspaper today, it maybe on the front of others by now if you google but apparently Brexit does not mean Brexit anymore. This could be possibly because May did not get the landslide victory she was hoping for but freedom of movement is not going to be fully closed and many EU nationals will still be able to come and live here and the Irish border will remain open so it's not going to be the Brexit means Brexit that is for sure and I think there will be many people who will feel betrayed by this. Perhaps the EU is running the show on Brexit.
Yes it makes it difficult to see your kids if the other parent is a constant battle. I know with my dad it was different, when he left us it was his partner who insisted he broke contact with his children and he did, she wanted him to play daddy to her child only and he adopted her. My dad confessed this to my brother years later, it never made sense to me but we are all different. My dads second wife was so jealous of us that the message came through two years ago when he was dying and had died that we could not contact him, couldn't attend the funeral and there would be no grave for us to visit as his ashes were being taken to Australia by his adopted daughter. To be honest I'm not really sure why they even bothered to tell us, but I never wanted to go in the first place.
the big picture arrives by doing what jesus said to do, following christ one baby step at a time. but that takes humility. and obedience. and we dont see that, now do we?
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
2 Corinthians 8:12
For if there be first a willing mind...
1 Corinthians 14:30
If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
1 Corinthians 15:45
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
but alas, these think themselves exceptional.
Isaiah 28Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
28 Woe to the crown of pride...
Whom shall he teach knowledge?
and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
them that are weaned from the milk,
and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
line upon line, line upon line;
here a little, and there a little:
for with stammering lips and another tongue
will he speak to this people.
To whom he said,
This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;
and this is the refreshing:
yet they would not hear.
But the word of the Lord was unto them
precept upon precept, precept upon precept;
line upon line, line upon line;
here a little, and there a little;
that they might go, and fall backward,
and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Wherefore hear the word of the Lord,
ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death,
and with hell are we at agreement;
when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:
for we have made lies our refuge,
and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
therefore thus saith the Lord God,
Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone,
a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:
he that believeth shall not make haste.
Judgment also will I lay to the line,
and righteousness to the plummet:
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled,
and your agreement with hell shall not stand;
when the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you:
for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:
and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it:
and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim,
he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon,
that he may do his work, his strange work;
and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
Now therefore be ye not mockers,
lest your bands be made strong:
for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts
a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
Give ye ear, and hear my voice;
hearken, and hear my speech.
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow?
doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
When he hath made plain the face thereof,
doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin,
and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument,
neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin;
but the fitches are beaten out with a staff,
and the cummin with a rod.
Bread corn is bruised;
because he will not ever be threshing it,
nor break it with the wheel of his cart,
nor bruise it with his horsemen.
This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts,
which is wonderful in counsel,
and excellent in working.
Brexit doesn't mean Brexit after all, according to the Times newspaper which I have just been looking at the front page on the BBC NEWS WEBSITE apparently there is going to be some freedom of movement from the E U carrying on and people from the E U will be able to come and live here still. May is obviously not getting her Brexit means Brexit anymore, but then did a person who voted to remain in the E U really mean Brexit means Brexit ? If the Irish border is going to remain open then Brexit means Brexit was never going to happen, there is going to be a lot of angry people out there who will feel betrayed.
no, ive been posting installments from this great work of church literature - darn near scripture - for a long time now. this is fox's book of martyrs. it is all but part of the canon. every christian should read it. the works of josephus, too. every new christian should also read josh mcdowell's "more than a carpenter".
what do jesus christ and adolf hitler have in common? both knew about the jews and both are the most misrepresented and maligned characters in history. thats why i have also posted passages from the best translation of mein kampf. add the protocols of zion and a person will be well outfitted to understand our world today. i dont put stock in the apocrypha, the dead sea scrolls or even the septuagent, for that matter. i do have a copy of the septuagent.
It is speculated that the American Indian is the tribe of Gad. It has been known since the 1970's that the American Indian has Hebrew DNA.
The son of God walked on earth in a manner so as to identify with humanity (He is the collective soul of true humanity...natural man......the "son of" MAN).
After God finished creation, He said "It is GOOD" (it is ALL good.
In the Garden of Eden, the decision that Adam made ensured that humanity would understand differently than God intended. Adam's decision ensured that humanity would know (have the knowledge) that only SOME things are GOOD (the knowledge....of good AND evil).
Before the fall, man was meant to live in perfection with the creator. The purpose of scripture is so that God can re-establish us as each who we truly are (a living soul) and to also RESTORE us to that primal state of NATURAL MAN.
1Pe 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.
Challenge the message and not the messenger! The first person to resort to name calling and personal attacks automatically loses the debate! Personal attack is often the best indication that the writer knows his logic is flawed and therefore tries to deflect attention by attacking the opponent, instead of attacking the arguments of the opponent.
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