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A colorful mosaic, which you can imagine is Jesus’ “feeding of the 5000” was found in the ruins of an old church in France.
The researchers explained that the mosaic, with an inscription, and images of the baskets with the loaves and the fishes, was found in the “Burnt Church” at the Hippo, in the northern part of Israel.
With a view of the Sea of Galilee, the church was built sometime in the late fifth or early sixth century A. D. and is thought to have burned during the Sassanid Empire and the conquest of the region in the seventh century A. D.
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“The fire caused the church’s interior, in order to be saved in a surprising way, because the roof had been burned to the ground and collapsed on the floor of the church is covered in a layer of ash, thus protecting it from being damaged in the course of time,” said the University of Haifa, who is also involved in the excavation, in a statement. “Now, when the investigators returned to the subject to be set up, and they have a wonderful mosaic which has been preserved.”
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(University of Haifa)
Birds, fish, and fruit are all provided for in the mosaic, which is considered to be a depiction of the miracle described in Matthew 14:13-21: “Taking the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he [Jesus] gave thanks and broke the loaves of bread. He gave it to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”
Experts are of the opinion that there is a clear reference to the New Testament conception of miracle in the mosaic.
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“There can also be several representations of the description of the loaves and the fish in the mosaic, but you can’t ignore the similarity to the description in the New Testament, for example, by the fact that in the New Testament as a description of the five loaves of bread in a basket with the two fish depicted in the apse [of the church], such as we find in the mosaic,” said Michael Eisenberg, D. Ph., the head of the Haifa University excavation team, in a statement. “In addition, the mosaic of burnt church is an image of the 12th man, and in the New Testament, even the disciples, who, at the end of the miracle, were left with 12 baskets of bread and fish.”
However, Eisenberg also noted that there are also a number of differences between the mosaic and the New Testament is a miracle. For example, some of the baskets in the movement to contain fruit, as well as in some other places, there are three as opposed to two, and of the fish.
In a separate project, the researchers claim to have identified the anchor of the Pc. Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta. According to Christian tradition, the apostle st. paul was shipwrecked on an island in the Mediterranean sea during an ill-fated first-century journey to the centre of Rome.
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Archaeologists working in Israel have also to say that they have discovered the Biblical town of Emmaus, which is linked to the resurrection of Jesus, and the Ark of the Covenant.
Haaretz reported that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,200-year-old fortress in Kiriath-Jearim), a hill on the outskirts of Abu Ghosh, a village in the vicinity of the City.
The fort dates back to around the second century bc. as the ancient Greek influence in the region was strong. Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein told Haaretz that the walls were restored during the later period of the Roman occupation in the first century A. D.
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Elsewhere, ” soldiers in a paratrooper base in the South of Israel have recently discovered a Biblical-era watchtower.
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