Wednesday, July 01, 2009
A Christian Cross from a Cave in Israel
Photograph: Courtesy University of Haifa
In a recent post, I reported on the largest human-made cave in Israel which was discovered by Israeli archaeologist Adam Zertal. According to published reports, the “cave may have served as a monastery and a hideout for persecuted Christians or the Roman army.”
National Geographic has published several photographs of the caves and its content. Among the items found in the cave, archaeologists discovered what could be a Zodiac sign dating to around the first century B.C. or the first century A.D., thirty-one Christian crosses, Roman letters, and what looks to be a Roman army pennant etched into the cave’s columns.
The above photograph shows one of the crosses found in the cave. The crosses may come from a time when Christians used the cave as a hiding place.
To see all the photos of the cave, visit the National Geographic web page.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tags: Adam Zertal, Archaeology, Cross, Zodiac