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ARCHEOLOGICAL FIRST: REMAINS OF SECOND TEMPLE RITUAL BATH FOUND AT GETHSEMANE IN JERUSALEM

One of the first archaeological finds of its kind of Second Temple-period activity at Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, was unearthed near the modern church during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in collaboration with scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. A 2000-year-old ritual bath discovered at the site which, according to Christian belief, dates from the time of Jesus’s presence in Jerusalem. Impressive remains of a Byzantine church were also uncovered in the Kidron Valley at the foot of the church.

Garden of Gethsemane (Photo via Wikipedia)

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