Archaeologists Have Discovered The Entrance Gate To The Biblical City Of Zer, Also Known As Bethsaida
7-8-18, JPost -- Over the years, excavators have discovered in Bethsaida many remains from various periods. The recent excavations are conducted in the Jordan Park area, northeast of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeologists said the size, wealth and impressive fortifications indicate that Zer was a major city. “There are not many gates in this country from this period. Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer,” Arav said, pointing to Joshua 19:35, which says: “The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth.”
The most significant finding was a coin dated to 35 BC, which was minted in Acre on the occasion of the arrival of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. There is a total of 12 of these coins.
Another finding made in the past two weeks was discovered underneath what was seemingly the floor of a Roman temple built by Herod’s son Philip, which he dedicated to Julia, the daughter of Augustus.
There archaeologists found coins, beads, jugs and house keys as well as a shield that apparently belonged to a Roman soldier.
Arav began carrying out excavations of et-Tell on behalf of the University of Nebraska USA nearly 30 years ago. In these excavations, he identified the ancient city of Bethsaida [aka Zer] John 12:21, and following his excavations and discoveries, masses of Christian pilgrims visited the site because of its great importance to Christianity. More here
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