Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Israeli dig uncovers oldest Christian church in Holy Land

PC(USA) News Release Number 05599 -- oldest church:
JERUSALEM — Israeli archaeologists digging near a prison have discovered the remains of what they believe could be the oldest church ever found in the Holy Land.

Experts say the discovery may shed new light on early Christianity.
The approximate date of this church is the third century A.D., and it contains a tantalizing clue to how the theology of the Lord's Table developed. In addition to mosaics with Christian symbolism, there is an inscription noting that a woman “donated this table to the God Jesus Christ in commemoration.”

If this church is as well-preserved as the inital excavation seems to indicate, it could yield up much more historically significant information as to what the early Church actually believed and practiced.

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