Biblical Village of Bethsaida: Discovered By Archaeologists
Luke 9:10, 16–17, 10:13-14
8-26-20, DailyMail – For thirty-two years archaeologists have been working to find the city considered lost - Bethsaida. Although there are naysayers, Professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska says he has no doubt that Et-Tell, in the Golan Heights near the Jordan River estuary is the location of the biblical village. At Et-Tell the research team studying the location discovered a temple that was dedicated to Julia, Augustus' wife.
Bethsaida was cursed to destruction [Luke 10:13] by the Lord Jesus because residents failed to repent in spite of His miracles. Today the discovery of the ruins - that is only a mile - from the Sea of Galilee has been proven to exist; Bible says:
Archaeologist Professor Rami Arav reports that ancient sources place several requirements for the identification of Bethsaida. Prof Arav is convinced not only him, but a group of experts agree; including the Roman historian, Titus Flavius Josephus, who describes the location of Bethsaida in his writings.
Dr Arav said: “Josephus says that the town was in the 'lower Golan' near the estuary of the Jordan River. The same location as the El-Tell dig site. ”
Dr Arav believes the name of the city holds another clue. Bethsaida translates as 'house of fishing/hunting.' He contends that the ruins at Et-Tell were once known as Zer, which could also be transcribed as 'Tzed', a Hebrew word that means both hunting and fishing. The researchers also discovered ancient fishing equipment among the ruins of the settlement.
Jesus cursed the village, warning it faced worse treatment than Sodom – a city destroyed by God in the Old Testament. 'So in the 4th century it was abandoned and, without maintenance, the buildings collapsed.' Source
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