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Due to a fall in the level of the Sea of Galilee, an excavation has found Hebrew letters on a large marble slab thought to be 1’600 years old.

No similar artifact has even been found before in Israel, and the finding confirms for the first time that the ancient settlement at the site was Jewish or Judeo -Christian. – 18 December 2015, University of Haifa.

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Source: Israel Antiquities Authority via Breitbart.

There is also an equally great significance to the site of Kursi beyond this recent discovery.

Kursi has been identified in Christian tradition with Gadarenes, where the Miracle of the Swine took place. In the fifth and sixth centuries, a Christian church was built to mark the spot of the biblical location but was destroyed by invading Persians in 614 AD and, after being rebuilt, was demolished by fire shortly afterward. The site remained abandoned for most of the following 1,300 years.

The church was lost to history until it was uncovered by accident during the building of a new road in 1970. Archaeological excavations continued at the site from 1970-74. Around the vicinity of the church, caves are still visible, and there is a mountain that drops down into the sea, such as described in the biblical account.- Thomas D. Williams, 17 December 2015, Breitbart.

Considering Kursi’s biblical significance, this latest find has the potential to strengthen Israel’s claim to the region amidst opposition to the belief of an ancestral Jewish homeland.

The inscription in Hebrew begins with the words “Remembered for good.” On the slab, scientists also identified the words “amen” and “marmaria,” which could refer to marble or to Mary, Jesus’ mother. – Hazel Torres, 18 December 2015, Christian Today.

With that said, it is also possible that the area attracted a diverse array of people due to its water supply as “Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is an important source of drinking water in Israel“. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, it takes nothing away from the contribution to our historical knowledge of the region this inscription will make.