Ancient Biblical City of Bethsaida Where Jesus Healed Blind Man Unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists claim they may have found the biblical city of Bethsaida in Israel where Jesus is believed to have given a blind man sight.

Bethsaida was the “house of hunting” or “fishing” and is mentioned in the New Testament, referenced in John 1:44.

After archaeologists in Israel announced the discovery of the Church of the Apostles, questions followed and a team of researchers set about finding Bethsaida.

Excavations began in 2016 under the direction of Professor Mordechai Aviam from the Kinneret College Israel. With a small budget and team, the researchers set off for the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

The team was convinced that there was a settlement at el Araj over a thousand years spanning the Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and Crusader periods — precisely the time frame of Bethsaida, according to historical records.

At the ancient site, the team found remains from a Crusader sugar factory that had mostly reused still-standing Byzantine walls.

After the initial excavation in 2016, the team returned to the historical site the following season to find a Byzantine monastery accompanied by a church — a common combination in Galilee.

Although the archaeologists were unable to identify the walls of the church, its existence was signalled each season by the discovery of individual gold-gilded glass tesserae.

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Source: Daily Star