Mosaic floors found in what may be biblical Bethsaida’s lost Church of Apostles

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Mosaic floors found in what may be biblical Bethsaida’s lost Church of Apostles
On shore of the Sea of Galilee, ancient site is found mysteriously buried and enclosed by wall; excavations continuing
By TOI staff
23 October 2021

Archaeologists in northern Israel have uncovered mosaic floors in the ruins of a building they believe is the lost Church of the Apostles, in the biblical village of Bethsaida on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Christians believe the legendary basilica was built on the location of the onetime home of Jesus’s apostles Peter and Andrew.

During excavations over this summer by the Kinneret Institute for Galilee Archeology at Kinneret College and Nyack College — led by Prof. Mordechai Aviam and Prof. Steven Notley — the mosaic floor of the supposed church from the Byzantine period was discovered. Archaeologists had announced the discovery of the purported church building in 2019, and have been working at the site since.

The mosaic bears inscriptions that the researchers say are typical to Byzantine churches, and may prove the site was indeed the Church of the Apostles. One inscription was a dedication to a bishop that described a renovation during his time in office, indicating that it was major enough to warrant fixing up, Aviam told the Haaretz daily.

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