A team of researchers they could have found the hometown of Peter and two other apostles of Jesus near the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, they commented from the Kinneret Institute of Archeology of Galilee, when they found the lost Roman city of Julias, near Lake Tiberias.
The Roman historian of the 1st century Flavius Josephus, wrote that Julias was built around AD 30 on the ruins of Bet Isaac, Bethsaida, a fishing village where Pedro was born, according to the Gospel of John.
Christians recognize Saint Peter, originally a fisherman, as one of the first followers of Jesus and the leader of the Early Church, and the Catholic Church venerates him as its first Pope.
Archaeologists have long sought to locate Julias, focusing their search on three different sites, and Mordechai Aviam, from the Kinneret Institute, explained to AFP that the site excavated so far they believe is the correct one.
«We have discovered ceramic fragments, coins and the remains of a public bath, which shows that it was not a small town but that it can correspond to the ancient city of Julias.«He explained.
He added that «Based on these findings plus the ones we are making at another site a short distance from the site, we hope to verify that this site is Bethsaida (later Julias)«.
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