Exclusive: New Discovery Pinpoint to Jesus' Time

Biblical-era town: Archaeologists may have found an ancient town mentioned in the Bible; and the town could be the location where Jesus once sailed to shortly after miraculously feeding over 4000 people by multiplying few fish and loaves of bread.

Yahoo! News shares Tuesday, Sept. 17, that some historical experts are calling the remarkable find one of the biggest discoveries in past years and with a direct connection to Jesus' time in the Bible.

Ken Dark of the University of Reading in the U.K. says the town may be Dalmanutha, located on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee dating back more than 2000 years.

According to LiveScience, Dark's team of archaeologists "also determined that a famous boat, dating to around 2,000 years ago, and uncovered in 1986, was found on the shoreline of the newly discovered town."

"The boat was reported on two decades ago but the discovery of the town provides new information on what lay close to it."

Dalmanutha is recorded in the Gospel of Mark immediately after the feeding miracle, stating: "The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha." (Mark 8:8-8:10, New International Version)

While Dalmanutha is only specified in the Gospel of Mark, a corresponding passage in Matthew 15:39 says, "And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala."

Magdala is modern-day town of Migdal, which is situated near Ginosar Valley, Israel, experts say.

Although the 2,000-year-old boat itself was mostly a mystery at the time of its discovery back in 1986, the finding of Dalmanutha may offer some insight into the boat's own story.

According to the evidence the search team discovered, the Biblical-era town was both prosperous, and probably survived for many centuries, as hinted by both amphora and vessel glass.

"The vessel glass and amphora hint at wealth," Dark wrote in an article published in the latest edition of the journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly, noting the connection to the Gospel of Mark, adding that "weights and stone anchors, along with the access to beaches suitable for landing boats - and, of course, the first-century boat ... all imply an involvement with fishing."

The architectural pottery and historical remains "came from the local area and likely were part of this newly discovered town". This hint both Jews and those who belonged to a polytheistic religion were living in harmony during Dalmanutha at the time, Dark mentioned in his paper.

A further examination of this historic find is currently underway.



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