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Re: John the Baptist's Cave

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  • Brian Trafford
    The press releases (from AP and other new sources) are related to the upcoming publication of a book by the chief archaeologist of this find, Shimon Gibson,
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 16, 2004
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      The press releases (from AP and other new sources) are related to
      the upcoming publication of a book by the chief archaeologist of
      this find, Shimon Gibson, entitled _The Cave of John the Baptist_.
      The find itself dates back to March 2000, with an article appearing
      on the web site for the University of North Carolina back in April
      2000 (the connection to JBap was already being proposed at that
      time) which can be read at:
      http://www.uncc.edu/public_relations/taborpottery.html

      A more recent article appeared on the web site of The Foundation for
      Biblical Archaeology, and includes pictures. It can be seen at
      http://www.tfba.org/projects.php?projectid=3

      From my readings, the evidence looks reasonable that the site was
      used for ritual washings, possibly in the 1st Century (something
      required by observant Jews of the period, and not just for baptism),
      but the connection to JBap seems to be based on some 5th Century
      drawings, and traditions held by the Orthodox (who built a church
      over the site sometime in the 6th Century). From this it looks like
      the probable connection of the cave to JBap is tenuous.

      Peace,
      Brian Trafford
      Calgary, AB, Canada

      --- In crosstalk2@yahoogroups.com, Jim West <jwest@h...> wrote:
      > News24.com reports
      >
      > http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,6119,2-13-
      1443_1573719,00.html
      >
      > ++++++++++++++++++++
      >
      > Jim West, ThD
      > Pastor, First Baptist Church Petros
      > http://web.infoave.net/~jwest Biblical Studies Resources
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