In Israel Blog Special - Ancient Mosaics Discovered

Last week the Israel Antiquities Authority announced that it has uncovered some spectacular mosaics at Hirbat Midras (Horbat Midras) - this location is associated with the home and burial place of the prophet Zechariah and was an important site during the Second Temple period until it was destroyed in the Bar Kochba Revolt. Some of the remains are part of a Byzantine Church that is built into a Second Temple period structure. The site includes some extensive hiding places. Coins from both the Great Revolt (66-70) & Bar Kochba (132-135) Uprising were discovered, together with period pottery and vessels.

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Qasr al Yahud - Baptismal Site now Open

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The Jordan River at Qasr al Yahud
Qasr al Yahud
(The Jews' Castle or Palace) is a site on the banks of the Jordan River not far from Jericho.  Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus' baptism by Matthew (Matthew 3) and it has been revered as such from at least the fourth century. There are many monasteries and churches in the area testifying to the long religious tradition at Qasr al Yahud. In Jewish tradition the crossing of the Jordan by the Children of Israel under Joshua (Joshua 3) must also have taken place in this general area. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot (2 Kings 11)

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