Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Springing the Megiddo Jesus mosaic?

ARCHAEOLOGY, EPIGRAPHY, DECORATIVE ART: Earliest mosaic in Israel dedicated to Jesus may soon be sprung from prison. 3rd-century Christian structure and 3 mosaics with inscriptions – including ‘to the God Jesus Christ’ – were uncovered at Meggido jail in 2004-08; it may now become a tourist site (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

I have been following the story of the Megiddo prison excavation and mosaics since the first announcements in 2005. For posts, start here and follow the links. As you will see, there is debate about whether the "God Jesus Christ" mosaic is as early as the third century.

The proposal to make the site an archaeological park has been around for years. See here.

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