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Archaeologists: The Lost Home of Jesus' Apostles Has Just Been Found

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By    |   Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 02:14 PM

The ancient Roman city of Julias — home of Jesus' apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip — may have been uncovered on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee on a modern-day nature reserve, Haaretz reported.

Within a multi-layered site of el-Araj in the Bethsaida Valley Nature Reserve is an an advanced Roman-style bathhouse — indicating a city was there, and not just a fishing village as had been believed, archaeologist Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College told Haaretz.

Two other candidates for the ancient Roman city Julias include nearby sites by the lake, Haaretz reported.

But after finding the bathhouse and other Roman-era remains below the Byzantine ruins at el-Araj, archaeologists think it's the strongest candidate for the lost city where Christ's apostles lived, Haaretz reported.

A key argument in favor of el-Araj being Julias lies in a mistake about the level of the Sea of Galilee, Haaretz reported.

Most archaeologists assume the level of the lake was 209 meters below sea level during the Roman period; the Roman layer discovered is 211 meters below sea level.

"El-Araj most certainly was not under water in the Roman period," the archaeologists say, the newspaper reported.

Geologists Prof. Noam Greenbaum from Haifa University and Dr. Nati Bergman from the Yigal Alon Kinneret Limnological Laboratory studied the layers of the site and concluded the site was covered with mud and clay carried by the Jordan River in the late Roman period.

In the Byzantine period, the site was resettled, they concluded, Haaretz reported.

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The ancient Roman city of Julias - home of Jesus' apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip - may have been uncovered on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee on a modern-day nature reserve, Haaretz reported.
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