Skip to comments.Researchers Find Rare Coin, Other Artifacts at Bethsaida Dig Site
Posted on 07/22/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The highlight of the excavation was the discovery of a Judea Capta coin, which was minted by Roman Emporor Domitian during his reign of 81 96 CE in honor of the conquest of Judea and the destruction of Jersusalem in 70 CE by his father, Vespasian, and brother, Titus.
Christie Cobb, a doctoral student at Drew University in New Jersey, discovered the coin. There are only 48 other versions of this coin that have been found, and fewer still at Biblical sites such as Bethsaida.
The coin confirms other ceramic data about the date of the large Roman period building we have been excavating for the past several years, explained Carl Savage, Ph.D., an archeologist at the Bethsaida excavation site and director of Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University. The coin also connects Bethsaida with the great importance that the Roman Empire placed on the quelling of the revolt in Judea and Galilee. Coupled with the other finds it makes for interesting speculation about who may have occupied the building.
Researchers also found a Hellenistic oil lamp with a depiction of a bearded man that could possibly be Dionysus or Silenus, two nocturnal figures from Greco-Roman mythology, as well as a Babylonian cylinder seal made out of black stone.
It was in 1987 that Arav discovered the site of Bethsaida, a city that was founded in the 10th century BCE, served as the capital of Geshur, a Biblical city that was destroyed by conquest in 732 BCE. Bethsaida is also said to the home village of some of Jesus apostles, specifically Peter, Andrew and Philip. The city was eventually deserted due to a geological disaster in the 4th century CE.
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Researchers at UNO's Bethsaida Excavation Site Found This Judea Capta Coin, Which Dates Back to the First Century CE -- Photo Credit: Hanan Shafir, Bethsaida Excavations
Rare Coin Discovered in Israel
Judea Capta huh?
Do those predate shekels?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekel -- Shekel (sheqel, Akkadian: iqlu or siqlu, Hebrew: שקל, pl. shekels, sheqels, sheqalim, Hebrew: שקלים), is any of several ancient units of weight or of currency. The first usage is from Mesopotamia around 3000 BC. Initially, it may have referred to a weight of barley. This shekel was about 180 grains (11 grams or .35 troy ounces).
I thought it said “Bethesda” and was stunned! Then I put on my glasses. Never mind!
I did the same thing. “Man, those boys sure got around.”
Kinda looks like George Washington.
But there is a church in Bethesda.
And thanks for always posting these ancient civilization and buried treasure threads. I love them.
Ah ha! So that’s what Hamas is doing with all those tunnels. They are looking for rare coins.
Maybe a distant ancestor. :’)
:’) Didn’t check, but I’d be surprised if that was named after the Biblical one.
:’) They’re looking for the foundations of the houses of their ancestors. And they’ve never yet found one.
For the record:
I HATE the BCE/CE revisionist nonsense.
What is ‘CE’? Is that the godless communist version of A.D.?
“Common Era” garbage
Itis amazing how much archeology depends upon folks who cant keep track of their money.
For the record, no one had a gun to your head to come on in and read it.
:’) It’s really rare to find either coins or precious metals, especially when compared with things that (ahem) seem less remarkable, such as a billion tons of ancient and even prehistoric pottery, and stone tools and ‘warheads’ — but it’s all that glitters that really attracts the attention and brings people into the museums in record numbers. So, I’m all for it. :’)
I’m free to object to revisionist nonsense where ever I find it.
Don’t expect a welcome mat.