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Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Excavation of Pella
Topic: Early Christianity

According to Eusebius, after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 the surviving Christians fled to Pella, in Jordan.  The great historian of the church relates the following in his History of the Church 5.3:

But the people of the church in Jerusalem had been commanded by a revelation, vouchsafed to approved men there before the war, to leave the city and to dwell in a certain town of Perea called Pella. And when those that believed in Christ had come there from Jerusalem, then, as if the royal city of the Jews and the whole land of Judea were entirely destitute of holy men, the judgment of God at length overtook those who had committed such outrages against Christ and his apostles, and totally destroyed that generation of impious men.

Below is a link to an excellent article on the recent excavations at Pella.


Posted by Professorburton at 2:11 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 2:19 AM CDT
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
70 Lead Codices date to first century AD
Topic: Early Christianity

By now, most of you have probably heard of the amazing dscovery of 70 lead codices found in Jordan dating from the first century AD.  The provenience of the codices appears to be a cave in eastern Jordan.  These texts may tell us much about the earliest Christian communities, as they appear to be related to the Jewish Christians who fled the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.  Time will tell whether they are hoxe are not, which is--unfortunately--a very real problem in antiquities.  Read the story here:


As a church historian myself, I'm reserving judgment until I've seen more analysis.  I'm hopeful, but cautious.

Posted by Professorburton at 7:39 PM CDT

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