Sunday, November 06, 2005

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Church

Dates to 3rd or 4th Century
Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth centuries, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an ancient Christian symbol.

"This is a very ancient structure, maybe the oldest in our area," said Yotam Tepper, the head archaeologist on the dig.
(Read the whole thing here.)

Cool stuff! There’s something a little off-putting about making the discovery at Armegeddon, though. It’s too much ike the opening chapter in a Tim LaHaye novel.