An ancient Christian mosaic currently housed in a prison in Israel may soon find its way to the United States
The Megiddo mosaics, located in a once Roman-era village in northern Israel, are believed to be remnants of the world’s oldest Christian prayer hall, According to the Associated Press.
Megiddo mosaics can be loaned to the Museum of the Bible in Washington. It was discovered by Israeli archaeologists in 2005 during salvage excavations conducted as part of a planned expansion of an Israeli prison.
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This historically significant mosaic was first discovered by archaeologists during excavations from 2004 through 2008. During the excavation, researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority found the Greek inscription “of God Jesus Christ,” The Times of Israel reported. As a result of the finds – important to the Christian heritage – there were discussions about moving the prison.
The Antiquities Authority stated at the time: “This structure is being interpreted as the oldest Christian house of prayer in the world… In fact, it tells the story of Christianity even before it became official.”
Despite this, it looks like the Jail expansion will be moving forward. With that in mind, the IAA recently said the best way to protect mosaics is to uproot them from their original location.
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The artifact – if removed – could soon be loaned to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Co-founded in 2017 By Jackie and Steve Green, who also created Hobby Lobby.
Another piece of biblical significance is associated with the Megiddo plain.
like Explained by GotQuestionsMegiddo was prophesied as the site of Armageddon, the upcoming battle between Jesus and the forces of evil in this world. The etymology of the word “Armageddon” is derived from the Hebrew “Har-Magedone”, which is translated as “Mount Megiddo”.
There is only one passage in the Bible in which the term “Armageddon” appears, Revelation 16:12-16.
The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East. Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs. From the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits who perform signs, and go out to the kings of the whole world to gather them for battle on God’s great day. . . . Then they gathered the kings together in the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon.
The Israel Antiquities Authority will reportedly make a decision on the fate of the mosaics in the coming weeks, after consulting an advisory board of experts on the matter.
“There is a whole process that academics and archaeologists are involved in,” explained IAA director Eli Escozido.
For the Museum of the Bible, Chief Curator Jeffrey Cloha told the Associated Press that the museum would “welcome the opportunity to educate our thousands of visitors about important historical pieces such as these mosaics.”
CBN’s Faithwire has reached out to the Museum of the Bible for a statement about the Mosaics. If a representative of the organization responds, this story will be updated to include those comments.