What Archeologist Steven Notley Discovered in Bethsaida


Let's just settle on it folks. Beth sida has been discovered. What are some of the things that you discovered there that make you realize this is in fact the New Testament? First of all, I'm trained as a historian. That's what I do. Reading ancient texts, how and particularly historical geography, how does the land, the contours of land match it? So we have ancient descriptions of where josephus the Jewish historian actually tells us describes precisely where it was located. And so that's why when we began to think about excavating, we went by the ancient descriptions, being on the Lake shore, as I mentioned, that's where you would have a fishing village. And near to the Jordan River, where about 200 yards from the Jordan River, which is exactly as josephus describes it. But you know, I wonder, though, why would anybody have ever doubted josephus at all? If josephus, who is such an imminent figure, such an authoritative figure put it this way, why would anybody else go with something else? He never just made stuff up. Not everybody takes sufficient attention to historical sources. That's one of the problems. When you approach a question like this, it requires multiple disciplines, not a single one. Everyone gets in their lane, stays in their lane, whether it's archeology or history or and they don't get out of their lane. I have noticed this. But this is what's so fascinating is that all of these big fascinating puzzles tend to be solved by people who have the guts to step back and look at several disciplines at once. Because when you just look at because there's some people that almost think an idol of their discipline, and they say, it's only about archeology. It's only about stones and other people like, no, it's only, but you realize it's going to be all these things, usually. Exactly. It's a multidisciplinary approach. And when you do that, when you get out of your lane and you start having the information, if I can say it like there's bump up against each other and to creating a friction, you start saying, oh, I have to look at it in a slightly different way. So that's what happened in this situation. We began to look at examined the data and we were drawn to the location and of course we began to excavate. And I think it's fair to say people have been

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