The “lost home of Jesus’ apostles” has just been found, according to a recent Israeli newspaper report. Yet while the actual discovery is not nearly as sensational as many headlines suggest, the new results are adding very interesting fuel to an ongoing debate about the location of one of the most important cities in the New Testament. Here’s what we know so far:
Has a house associated with Jesus’ apostles really been discovered?
No, says a historical geographer with the excavation at el-Araj, a site on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee in the Jordan River delta.
“We did not write the headline,” explains Steven Notley, distinguished professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Nyack College and academic director of the el-Araj excavations in an email to National Geographic.
Rather, researchers excavating at the site since 2016 believe they have zeroed in on the city described in the New Testament as the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, and Philip: Bethsaida.
According to the Gospels, Bethsaida was the home of the earliest apostles, as well as the place where Jesus reportedly cured a blind man.
While the location of Capernaum, another Galilean fishing village frequently mentioned in the Gospels, was identified in the early 20th century, the location of Bethsaida has remained contested.
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