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Has Jesus' house been found in Nazareth ?

Posted on Monday, 2 March, 2015 | Comment icon 26 comments

The view across Nazareth, the city where Jesus once lived. Image Credit: CC 1.0 Rudko
Archaeologists have identified the 1st century house in which Jesus was believed to have been brought up.
The house, which was discovered in 1880 by nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth convent, is cut in to a rocky hillside in Nazareth, the city in which Jesus was thought to have been raised by Mary and Joseph.

It wasn't until 2006 however that archaeologists were able to reveal that the building, which dates all the way back to the 1st century, was the one believed to have been Jesus' childhood home by the people who lived in the region for hundreds of years afterwards.

The Byzantines, who remained in control of Jerusalem up until the 7th century, took steps to improve and preserve the building by decorating it with mosaics and constructing a church above it.
When the Crusaders arrived in the 12th century they also appeared to have recognized its significance and made efforts to fix the church which at the time had fallen in to disrepair.

Whether or not Jesus really did grow up in the house however remains something of a mystery.

"Was this the house where Jesus grew up ? It is impossible to say on archaeological grounds," said Professor Ken Dark at the University of Reading. "On the other hand, there is no good archaeological reason why such an identification should be discounted."

Source: Live Science | Comments (26)

Tags: Jesus, House, Nazareth

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Comment icon #17 Posted by keithisco on 3 March, 2015, 16:40
Poor archaeology in my view - first prove that the man existed then search for the house he lived in before saying that you have found a house with absolutely no provenance that the man in question could possibly have lived there. Trite, religiomania... IMO
Comment icon #18 Posted by Rafterman on 3 March, 2015, 18:41
Archaeologists have identified the 1st century house in which Jesus was believed to have been brought up. Read More: http://www.unexplain...und-in-nazareth So basically just an urban legend then.
Comment icon #19 Posted by cookemeister on 3 March, 2015, 23:01
its true ....they found an inion etched into a beam and it said Yeshua Wuz 'ere 31/3/12AD
Comment icon #20 Posted by moon tide on 4 March, 2015, 5:46
It was definitely Jesus's house because they found an old crown of thorns still on the hat rack.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Atuke on 4 March, 2015, 7:20
I doubt Jesus still staying there Jesus is omni-present, omni-potent, and omni-everything. So Jesus is there
Comment icon #22 Posted by quiXilver on 4 March, 2015, 16:37
oh my... how... fascinating.
Comment icon #23 Posted by monkeyofstick on 13 March, 2015, 5:30
LOL,Well it took them over 200o years to find it in a city that did not exist before the Bible... Nazareth is not mentioned in pre-Christian texts and appears in many different Greek forms in the New Testament. There is no consensus regarding the origin of the name.[5] One conjecture holds that "Nazareth" is derived from one[6] of the Hebrew words for 'branch', namely ne·?er, ??????, and alludes to the prophetic, messianic words in Book of Isaiah 11:1, 'from (Jesse's) roots a Branch (netzer) will bear fruit.' One view suggests this toponym might be an example of a tribal name used by resettlin... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker on 13 March, 2015, 17:08
Absence of evidence is not Evidence of absence. That is a fallacy. Did the Romans, or the Israelites list out every small town? I don't think so.
Comment icon #25 Posted by AZDZ on 13 March, 2015, 17:51
Did they find a sign saying, "Jesus slept here" ? Otherwise there's absolutely NO way of being sure. Hell, Half the population don't even believe the man existed! Again? Hasnt this been posted before? Yeah, and it probably won't be the last. Soon fossilized footprints, or even human scat in the area will be attributed to him and a fee charged to view. lol
Comment icon #26 Posted by monkeyofstick on 13 March, 2015, 22:46
'Never heard of the place' – Josephus In his histories, Josephus has a lot to say about Galilee (an area of barely 900 square miles). During the first Jewish war, in the 60s AD, Josephus led a military campaign back and forth across the tiny province. Josephus mentions 45 cities and villages of Galilee – yet Nazareth not at all. Josephus does, however, have something to say about Japha (Yafa, Japhia), a village just one mile to the southwest of Nazareth where he himself lived for a time (Life 52). A glance at a topographical map of the region shows that Nazareth is located at one end of a vall... [More]

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