Nazareth House Dated to the First Century
Archaeologists working in Nazareth have uncovered a house and dated it to the first century.
This finding is the first concrete archaeological evidence that Nazareth was a settled town at the time of Jesus. This shoots down the argument that there never was a first century village called Nazareth, and therefore that Jesus of Nazareth never existed.
This house was first discovered in the 1880s and first dated in 2006. A feature story in Biblical Archaeological Review (March 2015) brought the most recent work to light and suggested that the house could be where Jesus was brought up. The story also reported the finding of limestone vessels, which suggests that the inhabitants were Jewish. Limestone could not become impure, according to Jewish beliefs at the time.
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