A Biblical-era town that is over 2,000 years old and mentioned in the Gospel of Mark was recently found near the northwest coast of the distant Sea of Galilee, right within Ginosar Valley in Israel. Some historical experts are calling the incredible find one of the biggest discoveries in past years and with a direct connection to Jesus’ time in the Bible, Yahoo! News shares this Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The Biblical-era town of ancient proportions is believed to be Dalmanutha, a 2,000-year-old, New Testament-time town that was said in the Gospel of Mark to be the location where Jesus once sailed to shortly after feeding the thousands of people in the multiplication of fish and loaves. It was Ken Dark of the University of Reading in the U.K., said that the team randomly came across the long-forgotten community during a routine field survey, and it was a “shocking discovery of immense proportions.”
These archaeologists were able to recently confirm that a boat — again estimated to be around 2,000 years old — which was first unearthed back in 1986, was connected to the finding of the just-discovered town this week, not far from the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. Although the boat itself was mostly a mystery at the time of its discovery over two decades ago, 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 bustling and successful during Jesus’ time, 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."
It was the architectural pottery and historical remains found within the town’s ruins that hint both Jews and those who belonged to a polytheistic religion were living in harmony during Dalmanutha at the time. Researchers also confirmed the southern side of the Biblical-era town is also located less than 500 feet from the outskirts of another ancient community, that of Magdala.
A further examination of this historic find is currently underway.