After 14 years of extensive excavations and research, archaeologist Ken Dark claims to have discovered the childhood home of Jesus Christ in his newest book. The dwelling in question was discovered long ago under the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel.
The stone dwelling was first discovered back in the 1880s under the monastery of the Sisters of Nazareth, next to the Basilica of the Annunciation, built on the site where the Archangel Gabriel informed Mary that she was expecting a child.
Originally, only the nuns were studying this place. The excavations were based on the statement of the famous biblical scholar Victor Guerin, who in 1888 reported that it was in this place that the house where Jesus spent his childhood is located.
By the 1930s, the nuns had temporarily stopped their study of the area, and Henry Senes, a Jesuit priest who worked at the Pontifical Bible Institute in Jerusalem, took over. But in 1964 all work was stopped again.
Ken Dark became interested in this place in 2006. When he came to study the ruins of the house, he found that serious work had already been done before him. Subsequent analysis, carried out already under Dark, confirmed that the house dates back to the 1st century AD. This only strengthened the assumption that Jesus once spent his childhood in this place.
Dark says that it is difficult to assess the ancient buildings because they will not hang a sign with the sign “House of Jesus”. However, at the moment, archaeologists have ample evidence to believe that the house under the monastery of the Sisters of Nazareth was indeed the home of Mary and Joseph.
First, it is well known that Joseph was a carpenter, who is referred to in the New Testament as a tecton-artisan, which means he could build a house on his own. The dwelling found under the monastery probably had a courtyard, living and storage rooms, and a terrace.
During excavations, which took place already in the 21st century, scientists discovered a staircase skillfully carved into the rock and neat doorways.
Dark comments: “After much research, it became clear that whoever built this house was very well versed in stone processing. [This] is certainly in line with what we might expect from a tecton house, which, although usually translated as carpenter, actually means an artisan associated with construction.”
Another important exaltation that the house could have belonged to Mary and Joseph is the fact that after the death of Jesus, a cave church was built next to the house. Then, probably already in the 5th century, another larger ground church was erected, which towered both above the house and above the cave church.
Interestingly, it was built around the same period as the Basilica of the Annunciation and at about the same location.
“Whoever built these churches must have considered the 1st-century house to be quite significant religiously.”
Despite the evidence to support his theory, Dark emphasized that this is not even close to 100% that this was Jesus Christ’s childhood home. While it is absolutely possible, it is also debatable whether this could ever be proven.
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• CBS News. (2020, November 23). Is this house under a convent in Nazareth the boyhood home of Jesus? Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jesus-christ-boyhood-home-under-nazareth-convent-israel-archaeologist-says/?from=article_link
• Jarus, O. (2015, March 01). Jesus’ House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from https://www.livescience.com/49997-jesus-house-possibly-found-nazareth.html