Was Jesus' 'Miracle of the Swine' location really found?
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A marble slab has been discovered off the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The stone has Hebrew words etched into them and could indicate the exact location of the Miracle of the Swine.
The Miracle of the Swine location may have been recovered (Wikimedia Commons).
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Archaeologists believe the slab adds to the belief that Jesus performed the Miracle of the Swine in Kursi, which is also known as the Land of Gederenes.
The Miracle of the Swine is mentioned in Mark 5, which reads: "They reached the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the lake, and when he disembarked, a man with an unclean spirit at once came out from the tombs towards him.
"All night and all day, among the tombs and in the mountains, he would howl and gash himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and fell at his feet and shouted at the top of his voice, 'What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? In God's name do not torture me!'
Miracle of the Swine.
"Now on the mountainside there was a great herd of pigs feeding, and the unclean spirits begged him, 'Send us to the pigs, let us go into them.'
"So he gave them leave. With that, the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand pigs charged down the cliff into the lake, and there they were drowned."
The 1600-year-old marble slab was transcribed in Hebrew and found on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee (Jennifer Munro).
Researchers at the University of Haifa, Israel, along with the Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority, are currently trying to decipher the other words that have been engraved.
Though the slab's presence is not indisputable evidence of Kursi's location, it does confirm the settlement was Jewish or Judeo-Christian.
The slab was discovered on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Jennifer Munro).
The settlement's existence has been known since 1960. Many other discoveries, such as the remains of what could have been a public building, have been uncovered.
When a sharp decrease in the Sea of Galilee allowed researchers to further investigate the excavations around breakwater, they discovered an ancient harbor that was much larger than previously believed.
The archaeologists specified that the slab does not mention the miracle, but it does indicate the site could be Kursi, based on the fact that it is the only site nearby with a harbor mentioned in the New Testament.
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