Ein romersk gullmynt frå 2. hundreår e. Kr. er eit spennande funn i arkeologisk samanheng. Ein slik mynt blei nyleg funnen i Betsaida ved Gennesaretsjøen. Funnet kan vera med og kasta nytt lys over Galilea si historie i følgje Rami Arav, som leier utgravingsarbeidet på staden.
Arutz Sheva skriv:
2,000-Year-Old Gold Coin a Testament to Galilee Ancient History
A 2,000-year-old gold coin discovered by a West Virginia University student at an archaeological site in the upper Galilee has proven to be the find of the season.
The coin, which Arav described as a discovery of Biblical dimensions, weights 7 grams of 24-karat gold – 97.6 percent gold, to be exact. It depicts the portrait of Antonius Pius, a Roman emperor who rules from 138-161 CE.
The coin also supports the theory that Pius embraced the Jewish population in Rome, unlike his father, who brutally oppressed the Jewish revolts. Pius is considered to have been a personal friend of Rabbi Yehudah (Judah) the Prince, creator of the Mishnah.
Bethsaida was founded as a capital of the ancient kingdom of Geshur and was the birthplace of at least three Christian apostles – Peter, Andrew and Philip. The ancient town is located at Park HaYarden, north of Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. The site, discovered by Arav in 1987, has seen 24 seasons of excavations thus far.
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