Lost Church of the Apostles where Jesus' disciples once lived 'finally discovered', archaeologists claim
Author: Charlotte Edwards
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ARCHAEOLOGISTS think they have found the legendary Church of the Apostles, which Christian tradition states was built over the home of some of Jesus' disciples.
The discovery was made in an area believed to be the ancient village of Bethsaida by the Sea of Galilee, where some people believe the disciples Peter and Andrew lived.
The archaeologists from the Kinneret Academic College and Nyack College of New York said that the ancient Jewish village of Bethsaida, which is mentioned in the Bible's New Testament, was much larger than experts had previously thought.
Some people believe it could be the site referred to in the "Feeding of the 5,000" miracle, when Jesus is said to have fed a large crowd with five loaves of bread and two small fishes.
What is known for certain is that the recent excavation at the suspected site of the biblical village in modern day Beit Habek, also known as El-Araj, has uncovered the remains of a large Byzantine-era church.
Some of the most notable evidence includes mosaic titles which Professor R. Steven Notley from the private Christian college in New York told Haaretz "are for wall mosaics and only appear in churches.”
Other finds at the site include marble fragments, two aisles, roof tiles designed for a big building and a cross carved into stone.
Historical texts have referred to this area as being home to the church which was built on top of Peter and Andrew's old house but no one has been able to find it before.
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