WAS THIS THE HOME OF
(Investigator 131, 2010
In December 2009
newspapers reported the discovery and excavation
of a 1st century house in Nazareth
a village of around 50 impoverished Jewish
families. So if it's not the house where Jesus grew up it may have been
the home of his neighbors.
discovery was made when
builders dug up the courtyard of a former
convent to make room for a new Christian center funded by French Roman
Yardena Alexandre said the dwelling appears to
have housed a "simple Jewish family." Her team uncovered about 900
square feet including the remains of a wall and water system.
shards of clay and chalk pottery. The chalk
suggests Jewish inhabitants since the chalk would have ensured the
ritual purity of food and water kept inside the vessels. The shards
date to the late Hellenic or early Roman period from about 100 BC. to
the 1st century AD. This could be estimated because the shards were
typical of that period in other parts of Galilee. The population was
estimated from ancient burial graves.
of the 20th
century critics declared Nazareth a New Testament
myth. Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian, doesn't mention
Nazareth despite mentioning hundreds of other places, neither does the
Old Testament or the Talmud. Nazareth was alleged to be an invention
based on a prediction that the Messiah would be a "Nazarean". (Isaiah
An atheist used such arguments in Investigator 19-22 —
even a 1st-century Nazareth house has come to light! It's as
said: "…if these [his followers] were silent, the stones would shout
out." (Luke 19:40)
who argue from the
non-mention of something to its
non-existence, obviously need to rethink their logic.
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