Catholicism: June 2008 Archives

1st Century Church Possibly Discovered in Jordan

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I'm surprised this isn't making bigger headlines.

We have uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from 33 AD to 70 AD," the head of Jordan's Rihab Centre for Archaeological Studies, Abdul Qader al-Husan, said.

He said it was uncovered under Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to 230 AD, in Rihab in northern Jordan near the Syrian border.

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These Christians, who are described in a mosaic as "the 70 beloved by God and Divine," are said to have fled persecution in Jerusalem and founded churches in northern Jordan, Husan added.

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Inside the cave there are several stone seats which are believed to have been for the clergy and a circular shaped area, thought to be the apse.

UPDATE: Duh. Mike Aquilina has been on the case all week. He even links to pictures (scroll past the ads).

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