Thursday, February 21, 2019

More on the suitcase of small finds from Shivta

ARTIFACTS: Customs Letter About a Long-Lost Suitcase Leads to Artifacts from Desert with Early 'Jesus' Painting (Tom Metcalfe, Live Science).
The ancient desert village of Shivta in southern Israel made headlines when archaeologists discovered a wall painting there that is thought to show the baptism of Jesus Christ, the earliest representation of Christ known in Israel.

Now, they have found about 140 long-lost artifacts from the village, which showed up in an archive in Jerusalem, after they were left behind in a suitcase more than 80 years ago.

This story was covered by Haaretz (premium) in January and I noted it here. But this one is available for free and it gives some new details about the artifacts. That's a nice photo of the ring with the gemstone carved with a whale.

And follow the links from that post for more posts about the discoveries at Shivta, including the etching depicting Jesus' face at his baptism.

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