A team of researchers discovered the remains of a church where the so-called miracle of the ‘healing of hemorrhoids’ allegedly occurred, in which Jesus healed a woman who was bleeding unstoppably. The remains were found in Banias, the archaeological site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon, in the Golan Heights.
Experts found rock signs with crosses dating back to 400 AD, possibly made by pilgrims visiting the site and which may have been considered sacred.
According to the Byzantine historian Eusebius, when the woman was cured, to commemorate the miracle she erected a statue in a church near the springs of Caesarea Philippi. And the current discovery occurred precisely near the sources of natural water.
“The church found by us could be the one related to the miracle”
This coincidence led researchers from the University of Haifa to think, after the recent archaeological excavation, that the temple found could be the place where Jesus performed the biblical miracle of healing a woman who had menstruated for many years despite all kinds of treatments.
“We suggest that the church found by us could be the one related to the miracle,” Professor Adi Erlich said in a testimony. quoted by Daily Mail.
The researcher specified that there is another temple nearby, excavated 30 years ago, but he considers that the newly found church fits more with religious accounts, because its structure “is more that of a monument than that of a basilica for religious services.”
In addition, experts believe that the first phase in the construction of the church was hit by an earthquake and that, since then, half of the building has sunk approximately one meter. While “the second phase was abandoned, perhaps due to the decline of Christianity and the rise of Islam, but we cannot assure it,” Erlich added.
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