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Nazareth below the ground

A revelation of note

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For some, this evening’s surprise was the most amazing of our pilgrimage. We descended beneath the convent to the first century level of a large excavation. The site was discovered, uncovered really, in the 19th century when a workman at the convent fell through the floor into a large cistern.
The cistern led to a services of rooms, one with a hearth, one with a feeding trough, and just beneat( this level a very well preserved kokh tomb with its rolling stone. Dated to the first century, this complex was part of the twenty or so caves that held 150-200 residents of Nazareth at that time. The site which is revered and remembered as Joseph’s house is very nearby. The site known as Mary’s House is just down the street. So could this be the childhood home of Jesus? Surely he would have been inside this place. Could this be the burial chamber of Joseph? The site also contains a Crusader chapel where Mass was celebrated before the Crusaders left to meet their fate at the hands of Saladin at the Horns of Hattin in 1187. The communion vessels they left on the altar are still here. The sisters of Nazareth do not open this excavation to many as they don’t see their mission as more than preservation, so we are very glad that we were able to be there.

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Posted by HopeEakins 20:16 Archived in Israel

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