1,700-Year-Old Jewish Inscriptions Unearthed in Galilee

“The wealth of inscriptions from the cemeteries attests to the strong Jewish presence and the city’s social elite in the Late Roman period,” says archaeologist.

CHR Comment: The inscriptions illustrate the ongoing use of Aramaic alongside Greek during the era of the late Roman Empire, about the time that Christianity became a recognized religion under Constantine. The latest tomb inscriptions found at Tzipori use the term “rabbi,” though archaeologists are still discussing just what that term means in this era. Tzipori is ancient Sepphoris, a Hellenized city in Galilee near Nazareth.

Source: 1,700-year-old inscriptions linked to ‘rabbis’ unearthed in Galilee – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2015

A glimpse at the important work that took place at excavations this year.

CHR Comment: The Byzantine synagogue near the Sea of Galilee, Herod’s palace, and the Byzantine pilgrimage site in Nazareth all relate to the early Church era.

Source: Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2015 | Christianity Today