Skip to comments.Archaeologists may have discovered the place where Jesus performed the “miracle of the swine”
Posted on 07/17/2017 4:40:36 PM PDT by NYer
The Gospel of Mark recalls the arrival of Jesus to the northeastern region of the Sea of Galilee, the Kineret:
They reached the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the lake, and when he disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit at once came out from the tombs towards him. The man lived in the tombs and no one could secure him any more, even with a chain, because he had often been secured with fetters and chains but had snapped the chains and broke the fetters, and no one had the strength to control him. All night and all day, among the tombs and in the mountains, he would howl and gash himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and fell at his feet and shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? In God’s name do not torture me!” For Jesus had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit.” Then he asked, “What is your name?” He answered, “My name is Legion, for there are many of us.” And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the district. Now on the mountainside there was a great herd of pigs feeding, and the unclean spirits begged him, “Send us to the pigs, let us go into them.” So he gave them leave. With that, the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand pigs charged down the cliff into the lake, and there they were drowned.
Recently, a group of archaeologists discovered a marble slab in the shores of the Kineret, with an inscription in Hebrew that might indicate the exact location of this event, known as the miracle of the swine.” According to the team, it might have occurred in Kursi, a town located in the land of the Gadarenes (or Gerasenes), in the southern part of the Golan Heights.
The presence of a Hebrew settlement near the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is a very strange phenomenon, exhlaind Haim Cohen, a researcher at Haifa University. In fact, the settlement was only discovered because of a drop in water levels that allowed researchers to find a pier normally under water and, next to it, the Kursi settlement. The the 1,500-year-old slab was found inside a building that would have functioned as a synagogue.
The marble slab would shed light on the issue. Being 1.40 meters by 70 centimeters, on its surface there is a Hebrew inscription in which the experts were able to identify the words amen and marmaria,” which might translate either Mary,” marble or rabbi.” As read in Primeros Cristianos and Israel En Línea, according to Professor Mijal Artzi, the full text is composed of eight lines; usually not so many words in Hebrew letters are carved in stone. The assumption is that the person to whom the inscription was dedicated had an enormous influence on the local population.
The origin of deviled ham.
All this is nice, but...
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
interesting thanks for posting
There is a logical fallacy termed the “Gadarene Swine Fallacy”. It refers to assuming that a choice is the right one just because everyone else is doing it.
As far as the pigs were concerned, there was a consensus. It was settled science that drowning was the appropriate action. Only “skeptic” and “denier” pigs would question this course of action.
Thanks for posting this,...
Just being curious here...
Were these wild pigs or was a swineherd there managing them?
And either way, of what use were pigs in a region where most people (I believe) were not inclined to eat pigs? Did pigs take care of the trash (the ordinary trash, not the spiritual)? If pigs were so offensive you would think they wouldn’t be tolerated unless they were suitable for some human purpose.
How about a dive into the lake (if it is still extant or the lake bed if it is not) to find the remains of 2,000 pigs?
Has anyone been able to locate these "eight lines"? The article gives no information as far as I can tell.
The Gadarenes were Gentiles (Greeks, more or less) and would not have been averse to eating pork.
They were meat livestock pigs with a swineherd. After the demon-possessed pigs ran off the cliff, the swineherd ran and told the townspeople, who came and begged Jesus to leave their district.
IIRC, there may have been a Roman garrison in the district, which would have provided a market for the pig meat.
Thus is a classic example of people preferring their swine to their Savior.
Thank you for this post.
And in return something new on the Shroud of Turin:
“Experts have claimed the Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim, supporting claims it was used to bury Jesus.”
“They say the linen cloth, believed to have been used to wrap “Christ’s body after crucifixion, contains ‘nanoparticles’ which are not typical of the blood of a healthy person.”
“The alleged findings contradict claims the face of Jesus was painted on by forgers in medieval times.”
This was a herd of domestic pigs managed by ranch hands--"those tending the pigs ran off" (Matthew 8:33). The event took place in the Decapolis, an area located east and south of Judea--mostly in modern-day Jordan--and populated mostly by non-Jews who would not have had any religious objection to pigs.
Thank you x3! :)
At least he didn’t waste any pearls on the swine.
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