Last Friday, July 19, the team of Israeli archaeologists claimed to have made an exceptional discovery for the history of Christianity. They have discovered the foundations of a church at
In Lachis, along the road that connects Gaza to Jerusalem, archaeologists are digging the “tomb of Salome”, one of the women who followed Christ on Golgotha and who witnessed the resurrection. According to apocryphal writings, Salome helped Mary to give birth in Bethlehem, of which she was originally. She is sometimes identified as the wife of Zebedee and the mother of James and John, crossing the gospels of the Passion of Matthew and Mark. Mark, together with Mary Magdalene and Mary of Cleophas, named her one of the three women who on Easter morning, going to the tomb, were the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. The cave of Salome will be part of the itinerary “Path of the Kings of Judea”, a project under construction led by the Israeli government that brings together important archaeological sites that extend for 80 km. Read more in Avvenire.
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