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A British researcher claimed in his new book that the house he found during the excavation of the Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel, was the childhood home of Jesus Christ.
Professor Ken Dark, an archaeologist at the University of Reading in Berkshire, UK, has spent 14 years studying the remains of a first-century dwelling under the nuns (Sisters) of the Nazareth Convent in Nazareth, Israel.
Houses made of stone and lime mortar, first opened in the 1880s, were partially built by cutting a limestone hill. Which was made by a skilled craftsman – Joseph, Jesus’ father. The nuns who owned this convent had excavated it until 1930, believing that it was the childhood home of Jesus. His thinking was based on the claim of a famous Bible scholar Victor Guirin in 1888, but no evidence was ever found.
More excavation work was done at the site between 1936 and 1964 by a Jesus priest, after which it was ‘almost forgotten by scholars’. During that time no scholar or archaeologist showed interest, then in 2006 Professor Ken Dark started a new project.
He published an article based on preliminary findings of the excavation site in 2015, suggesting that he identify the house as the home of Mary and Joseph. Subsequent analyzes confirmed that the house dates back to the first century, reinforcing the suggestion that it was in fact the house of Jesus.