Archaeologists Say Ancient Building Found in Nazareth May Have Been Jesus’ Childhood Home

This stone and mortar home of the late first century B.C. or first century A.D. may have been where Jesus grew up in Nazareth, Israel, says Ken Dark, associate professor of archaeology at the U.K.’s University of Reading. | Ken Dark

A stone and mortar building under a convent in Nazareth, Israel, may have been Jesus’ home while under Joseph’s tutelage, according to a British associate professor of archaeology.

“Five years of intensive research on the fieldwork data has consolidated the evidence for the first-century house,” Ken Dark of the University of Reading said to MailOnline.

The residence, found in the 1880s as nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth Convent stumbled upon its cistern, was constructed with professionalism commensurate with the Greek word used in Matthew 13:55 for Joseph’s occupation, Dark said. A tektón is a craftsman who works with wood, expert in carpentry but having other skills as well. He thinks Christ’s human father likely built the entire residence due to such ability.

The house the scholar has excavated since 2006 had a living room, storage area and courtyard as well as a second story for entertaining. “The stairway was constructed skillfully using part of a natural cave, and another part of the cave was used to support the ceiling of the room,” Dark said.

Other notable, preserved original elements include a doorway and chalk floor, both of great craftsmanship. Digs there have turned up artifacts such as kitchenware and a spindle.

The Bible says in Luke 3:4, “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.”

The king had declared a census, causing Joseph to return to his ancestral home, some 70 miles away directly but, as now, a journey of more than 90 miles via paths. Nazareth then had 200-400 people and was not well-known. It is unmentioned in the Old Testament.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kyle Huckins