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Reliquary of Yeshua’s Apostles May Have Been Found in Israel, Archaeologist Says

Haaretz.com, Ruth Schuster, Noa Shpigel, July 26, 2018

Beit Habek, el-Araj

Carved basalt with three depressions had been repurposed in Ottoman-era house that had been blown up by Israeli forces; now rediscovered in el-Araj, the proposed hometown of Peter, Andrew and Philip.

A 300-kilogram (661-pound) basalt block with three smooth compartments carved into its top, found in the ruins of what may be Bethsaida, may have been a reliquary housing the remains of apostles Philip, Andrew and Peter, a leading Israeli archaeologist proposes.

The case of el-Araj as the long-lost Roman city of Bethsaida Julias – home to Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21) – has long been touted by Prof. Mordechai Aviam of the Kinneret Academic College.

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