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Archaeologists Discover 1st Century Jewish Home in Nazareth

John on December 22, 2009 at 9:41 am

USA Today reports:

Christians and history buffs can thank archaeologists for a Christmas-week gift: more clues about life in the time of Jesus.

Archaeologists said Monday that they unearthed remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that dates to Jesus’ era, a simple structure of two rooms and a courtyard, said Yardenna Alexandre, excavations director at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Based on clay and chalk shards, the dwelling appeared to house a “simple Jewish family,” she said. Jews used chalk vessels to ensure the ritual purity of the food and water kept in them.

The finding isn’t a groundbreaking archaeological discovery, but it adds context to Jesus’ life, said Jodi Magness, professor of archaeology and early Judaism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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