Archaeologists Discover 1,300-Year-Old Church Near Site of Jesus’ Transfiguration

Remains from a 1,300-year-old church were discovered at the location believed to be where the transfiguration took place, according to an announcement by the Israeli government.

The Israel Antiquities Authority reported Tuesday that a church with a detailed mosaic floor was unearthed at a village called Kfar Kama, located near Mount Tabor.

Excavation of the church was carried out by the IAA in collaboration with the Kinneret Academic College and led by archaeologist Nurit Feig.

“The church … includes a large courtyard, a narthex foyer, and a central hall. Particular to this church is the existence of three apses (prayer niches), while most churches were characterized by a single apse,” explained Feig.

“The nave and the aisles were paved with mosaics which partially survived. Their colorful decoration stands out, incorporating geometric patterns, and blue, black, and red floral patterns. A special discovery was the small reliquary, a stone box used to preserve sacred relics.”

The church dates to when the Byzantine Empire occupied the region and indicated that Christians from the time period viewed the area as religiously significant.

Mount Tabor is believed by many to be where the transfiguration took place, in which, according to Mark 9:2-9, Jesus showed His divine being to His disciples Peter, James, and John.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski