Archaeologists May Have Found Town Named in Bible
Jesus was said to have sailed to Dalmanutha
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
The Sea of Galilee.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

(Newser) – Sometimes, archaeologists discover a sweater; other times, they uncover entire towns. The latter turns out to be the case in Israel, where a town has been found—and it could be one mentioned in a well-known Bible story. LiveScience reports that it was found along the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee, and British archaeologists suggest that it is Dalmanutha, a place that factors into the Gospel of Mark's recounting of Jesus feeding a great crowd of people with just a few fish and loaves of bread: Dalmanutha is where he briefly sailed after that miracle.

The archaeologists made their discovery during a field survey, and team lead Ken Dark theorizes it is indeed Dalmanutha, and one reason he gives is that artifacts collected there indicate it was an active city at the start of the Common Era. In a June lecture Dark gave at the University of Edinburgh, he further explained his thought process, as summarized on the blog of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins: "It is hard to imagine that a Roman-period coastal community of this size is nowhere mentioned in textual sources, and the site might be identified with one of the unlocated toponyms known from the Bible, perhaps the Dalmanutha of Mark 8:10." (In other news in the region, archaeologists recently found a treasure trove in Jerusalem.)

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Oct 5, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
Why did the Romans return in 68AD to destroy Jerusalem and all Jewish villages? Come on enlightened ones...give me something to ponder on....No, not You! Asswipe who has all the sarcastic answers. Someone who can honestly be constructive with his/her answer. 1492
Sep 21, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
Despite being a badly translated collection of myths and lies, the babble does contain verifiable historical sites and events. This by no means validates the myths and lies. For example: On the 11th of September, 2001, two commercial aircraft flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing thousands. Some people believe that this was an act of terrorism by an Islamic fundamentalist organization. It was really the power of my god (he who must not be named) directing those planes to warn the people of the USA and the world to abandon their wicked ways and praise the only true god. The first sentence is unquestionable historic fact. The last sentence is a delusional lie but is impossible to prove to be false. The “truth” of all “holy books” is based upon this same technique.
Sep 18, 2013 7:23 PM CDT
Religion or not in ancient times the Sea of Galilee fed the region with fish. Why is the discovery of Dalmanutha a big surprise? How many other cities mentioned in the Bible have found to exist or still do? My question is do you really think you are related to a monkey?