Saturday, October 29, 2016

tomb of jesus

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The marble slab above the purported tomb of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem has been removed for the first time in centuries. After His crucifixion, Jesus' body was placed into a new tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea. The body would have been placed on a limestone slab inside the tomb. The original limestone lies underneath layers of marble added later for safe keeping.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built over the site of Jesus' death and resurrection in 325 AD by Emperor Constantine with assistance from his mother, Helena.

Should be interesting to see what they find. And of course ... what they don't.  ;-)


Monday, October 17, 2016

mosaics uncovered in ephesus

Archaeologists in Turkey have uncovered brilliant mosaics in the ancient city of Ephesus. These mosaics have been discovered along with murals, marble, and wall paintings in the ruins from the homes of wealthy Ephesians.

The last picture shows the villa in Ephesus before restorations.

ht - haaretz