ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, October 24   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Media
Do the media in your country usually portray evangelical Christians accurately?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Archaeology
 

Old Byzantine coins hidden by Christian pilgrims found in Jerusalem

The cache of nine bronze coins may have been stashed fleeing Christians en route to Jerusalem as Persians invaded the land in 614 CE.

SOURCES Israel Antiquities Authority, Christian Today AUTHOR Evangelical Focus JERUSALEM 21 MARCH 2017 10:54 h GMT+1
The coins bear the images of three important Byzantine emperors. / Israel Antiquities Authority.

A stashed collection of nine ancient bronze coins from the late Byzantine era of 7th century CE, has been found by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in an excavation that began in June 2016.



The excavation came ahead of the planed widening of Highway 1 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Netivei Israel Company, who are financing the highway, and the IAA are working together to conserve the historic site as a 'landmark in the scenery' alongside Highway 1.



 



TWO-STOREY BUILDING AND A WINE PRESS



The coins were discovered alongside a collapsed two-storey building, which once served Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. They also discovered an ancient wine press.



According to Annette Landes-Nagar, director of the excavation on behalf of the IAA, “the hoard was found amongst large stones that had collapsed alongside the building. It seems that during a time of danger the owner of the hoard placed the coins in a cloth purse that he concealed inside a hidden niche in the wall.”



“He probably hoped to go back and collect it, but today we know that he was unable to do so", she added.



 



Annette Landes-Nagar, Director of the excavation. / Israel Antiquities Authority



 



BYZANTINE EMPERORS



The uncovered coins could be easily dated because they bear the images of three important Byzantine emperors, under which they were made: Justinian (483-565 AD), Maurice (539-602 CE) and Phocas (547-610 CE).



They were struck at three different mints, Constantinople, Antioch, and Nicomedia, all of which are located in in present day Turkey.



An image of the emperor wearing military garb and carrying crosses is depicted on the obverse of the coins, while the reverse indicates the coin’s denomination and is usually inscribed with the letter M.



 



CHRISTIANS FLEEING PERSIAN INVASION



Archaeologists believe the stash was made by Christians fleeing the Sassanid Persian invasion in 614 CE. “This invasion, was one of the factors that culminated in the end of Byzantine rule in the Land of Israel”, Landes-Nagar explained.



Fearing an invasion and imminent danger, the residents of the site buried their money against the wall hoping to return home at the end of the disturbances, which did not happen.



The site was abandoned and destroyed, and ultimately covered over and incorporated in the agricultural terraces that characterize the region. A Byzantine church was revealed in that part of the excavation.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Old Byzantine coins hidden by Christian pilgrims found in Jerusalem
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.