Israeli archaeologists have discovered a small, highly decorated pottery shard, which is about 2,300 years old and depicts the birth of the Greek goddess Athena, at a site that is believed to be the biblical town Bethsaida, where Jesus performed miracles, according to reports.
The shard was uncovered by the Bethsaida Excavations Project at a dig site north of the Sea of Galilee in 2016, but the archaeologists have found out now that it depicts the goddess Athena springing to life fully formed from the head of her father Zeus, as the nymph Dione and goddess Aphrodite look on, according to The Times of Israel.
The scene is a rare replica of what is found in the eastern pediment of the Parthenon, the richly carved marble temple dedicated to Athena completed in Athens in 432 BCE, the newspaper said.
Dr. Rami Arav, the project director and a professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, has excavated the e-Tell site, the location of both Bethsaida and the ancient city of Geshur, since 1987, with the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, which is a group of 30 scholars from 18 international institutions.
In 1996, the team discovered a Bull Stele that stood atop an altar at the entrance of Geshur. In 2014, they discovered a rare Roman coin issued in 85 CE by Agrippa II bearing the phrase “Judea Capta,” which commemorated the victory over the Jewish rebels and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, Arav was quoted as saying.
Last year saw numerous archaeological discoveries that researchers connected to stories in the Bible.
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Source: Christian Post