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Expert claims there is archaeological proof of Nazareth and what life was like in Jesus's time
Archaeologists and historians have often wondered about the truth within the accounts written in the Bible. However, breakthroughs in archaeology have provided people some idea as to what life was like during the time Jesus walked the Earth.
A group of researchers from Nazareth, which is the place that Jesus is written to have lived, claim that the very place Jesus lived in appeared to be a lot bigger of a settlement than what was widely known. According to the Nazareth Archaeological Project Director Ken Dark, the residents of Nazareth were very conservative and were also anti-Roman. Dr. Dark continued to detail their findings, which suggest that they also had different views on some of the rituals and practices that were done by the residents in the neighboring town of Sepphoris.
The findings also suggested that these practices may have also been against the teachings of Jesus. Speaking to The Independent, Dr. Dark said, “By examining in detail the archaeological evidence, gained from recent landscape-survey work and from a detailed re-analysis of previous excavations, we are beginning to learn about the cultural and economic environment in which Jesus grew up.”
According to Dr. Dark’s research, Jesus and the residents of Nazareth may have clashed due to the stark contrast of values and teachings. Dr. Dark also noted that the residents of Nazareth may have found Jesus’s teachings and values controversial, especially as their anti-Roman sentiments have led them to want to create a barrier that distinguishes their practices and beliefs from the Romans. Their anti-Roman beliefs may have also been strong enough for them to revolt against the Romans by 70 AD.
Speaking of discoveries during biblical times, previously, an expert has claimed that there are three archaeological discoveries that could be further linked to a certain story in the Bible. These discoveries suggest that there is truth in the stories, and that Samson may have existed. Shasta Bible College Professor Tom Meyer detailed which three discoveries provide proof of the biblical story.
The first was a stone seal discovered in 2012, that showed a man confronting a lion without a weapon. In the bible, Samson tore a lion apart with his bare hands. The second discovery was linked to the story of Samson killing his enemies after he was captured when Delilah cut his hair. Taken captive by the Philistines, he was taken to a temple and ordered to entertain them. Between 1971 to 1974, archaeologists found a 12th Century BC temple in Tel Aviv.