(myCommunity.com) Has Jesus' childhood home been found? Jesus' childhood home may have been found under the convent of the Sisters of Nazareth in Nazareth, Israel, according to archaeologist Ken Dark.
The excavation site located under the convent is known from 1880, but it was never excavated professionally until the Archaeological Project of Nazareth began its work in 2006. In "Has the House of Jesus of Nazareth been found?" In the March / April issue of 2015 BAR , Ken Dark, the director of the Archaeological Project of Nazareth, not only describes the remains of the house itself, but also explores the evidence that suggests that this is the place where Jesus spent his formative years, or at least the place considered in the Byzantine period. as the home of Jesus' childhood.
The excavation revealed a first-century "courtyard house" that was partially excavated from natural rock and partially constructed with stone walls. Many of the original features of the house are still intact, including doors and windows. Tombs, a cistern and, later, a Byzantine church were also found on the site.
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The remains combined with the description found in the story of pilgrims of the seventh century, From Locus Sanctis they point to the house in the courtyard below the convent as what could have been considered the home of Jesus in Nazareth. Archaeological and geographical evidence from the Church of the Annunciation, Marion International Center and Mary's Well come together to suggest that this location may be where Jesus made the transition from child to man.
Ken Dark also discusses the relationship between the childhood home of Jesus, Nazareth and the important site of Sepphoris. It has been thought that Sepphoris would have provided Joseph with work and Jesus with many important cultural experiences. However, Ken Dark believes that Nazareth was a larger city than traditionally understood and that it was particularly Jewish in its identity, as opposed to the Sepphoris with Roman influence. This is partly based on the result of his study of the Nahal Zippori region that geographically separates Sepphoris and Nazareth.
For more information on Jesus' childhood home, read the full article "Has the house of Nazareth de Jesus been found?" By Ken Dark in the March / April edition of 2015's Biblical Archeology Review