Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ancient Church Discovered in Israel



Israeli prisoners Rizlov Ramil, right, and Biton Maymon, left, clean a section of a Christian mosaic floor dating to the third or fourth century A.D., in the compound of the Megiddo prison in northern Israel , Sunday Nov. 6, 2005. 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. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



Israeli prisoner clean an early Christian mosaic of a recently excavated church from the 3rd-4th centuries AD, in the grounds of Meggido prison in northern Israel. The mosaic inscription on the floor of the structure declared that it had been dedicated to 'the God Jesus Christ as a memorial.'(AFP/Menahem Kahana)



Israel, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005. 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. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



Israeli prisoner Rizlov Ramil cleans a section of a Christian mosaic floor dating to the third or fourth century A.D with inscriptions of dedication to God and Jesus Christ, in the compound of the Megiddo prison in northern Israel , Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005. 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. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



This picture taken Oct. 30, 2005 and released by the Israeli Antiquities Authority shows a mosaic depicting two fish, an ancient Christian symbol, on the floor of what is believed to be the oldest church in Israel that was recently discovered in the grounds inside the Megiddo prison, near the biblical site of Armageddon, in central Israel and reported by Israel's Channel 2 TV Saturday Nov. 5, 2005. The ruins are believed to date back 1,700 years, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, the report said. Archaeological experts quoted in the story said it was the largest church ever discovered in the holy land, and could perhaps turn out to be the oldest church in the world.(AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority)



Ancient artifact discovered at the Megiddo Prison in Israel, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. The Israel Antiques Authority, or IAA, headed the excavations at Megiddo Prison which yielded a rare 3rd-4th century Christian structure. The excavation was ordered by the Israel Prison Service prior to construction of a new prison wing. A structure measuring 6x9m was excavated and found to contain a fresco collapsed onto a mosaic floor bearing three Greek inscriptions, geometric patterns and a medallion decorated with drawings of fish. (IAA/Israel Sun/WpN)




What a find.