A major archeological discovery could explain what life was like for Jesus and the Jewish community of Nazareth in which he grew up.
Just 100 meters from the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, archaeologists have exposed the remains of several walls of a house that date to the first century. It is the first time that archaeologists have found remains of dwellings in Nazareth from this period.
"The discovery is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth and thereby sheds lights on the way of life at the time of Jesus," Dr. Yardenna Alexandre, excavations director at the Antiquities Authority, said on Monday.
"The building that we found is small and modest and it is most likely typical of the dwellings in Nazareth in that period. From the few written sources that there are, we know that in the 1st century, Nazareth was a small Jewish village."
The home consists of four rooms, a courtyard, a water cistern and a small camouflaged grotto, which is presumed to have been a hiding place for the occupants from the invading Roman army.
"It is highly probable that Jesus knew the Jewish occupants who lived in this house and in this community," Alexandre said.