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King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
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The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday that archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman basilica established by King Herod. Unearthed in Ashkelon National Park, the basilica, found with a nearby odeon (ancient theater), is the largest structure of its kind in Israel. King Herod the Great, who is perhaps best known from the Christian Bible for ordering the murder of Bethlehem’s infants in an attempt to kill the newborn baby Jesus, was appointed by the Roman Empire to rule over Judea, serving from 37 to 4 B.C.E. The basilica he erected stood at the heart of Ashkelon—then a major seaport with a thriving trade economy—and functioned as a hub for all aspects of public life. In the Roman Era, it was common for citizens to conduct business and legal affairs, to socialize, and to attend religious ceremonies and performances there. The massive public building contained a central hall flanked by 40-foot marble columns and two side halls. The floors and walls throughout were made of marble, which was imported by ship from Asia Minor. Nearly 200 marble elements, weighing hundreds of tons, were used in building the basilica. Among the findings are dozens of pillars and column capitals with plant designs in Roman Corinthian style as well as carved eagles, a symbol of the Roman Empire, and heart-shaped capitals that held a roof over the basilica. Earlier excavations conducted by the British in the 1920s revealed large statues of the Greek goddess Nike supported by the god Atlas and a statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis, portrayed as Tyche, a Greek deity believed to control the prosperity and destiny of a city. Cracks still visible in the basilica’s floor indicate that the building was destroyed, and ultimately abandoned, after an earthquake hit the region in 363 C.E. Slabs of the basilica’s original marble were cut into pieces and reused during the Ottoman period (late 13th to early 20th century) for paving stones and the construction of new buildings. The area itself was also later used as an industrial site. Conservation efforts are underway to restore, repair, and rebuild the site with its original sculptures and marble columns along with accessible pathways for visitor access to both the odeon and basilica.



You can see, baby killing goes back a long way.
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You can see, baby killing goes back a long way.


Democrats in Biblical times.


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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
That was never proven.


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appointed by the Roman Empire to rule over Judea,


similar concept to Vichy France


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That was never proven.


So Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt on a whim? (Matthew 2)


blackrose890
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
That's you treating the Bible like it's perfectly true just because it's the Bible. If we have to treat the Bible like a perfect record of history then there's a number of screw-ups in it. Including that the flood happened twice, that creation happened twice, that Abraham went to visit the Chaldeans hundreds of years before there were Chaldeans, that locusts have 4 legs, and the list goes on.


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So Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt on a whim?


You know those Egyptian casinos and resorts were fabulous.


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sodcutterjones
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
You can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible are true. It’s either the perfect word of God (since God is perfection) or it’s completely false. You can’t say this is true and this part is false. It doesn’t make sense. Youll call God a liar by that logic.


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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
They plagued the world with their existence. I wish they had a vaccine that could cure that . I could definitely come out in favor of everyone required to take it


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blackrose890
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
No, there's nothing wrong with saying that an oral history was transmitted imperfectly. It doesn't mean that the God of the Bible isn't the one true God.

But biblical literalism is a terrible idea and one that often flies in the face of what is known to be true.

Edit: if the Bible is literally true then the earth is ~6000 years old and the flood happened at such a time that megalithic structures all over the earth were somehow built by a handful of infants that decided to continue the old cultures of the new places they settled at.
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
It's astounding that a Structure of this magnitude, could remain undiscovered all this time.

I think that the 'Ultimate Truth' will be rediscovered, by Humanity, soon, in an apocalyptical and painful, Visionary birthing process.

This stuff is powerful; it can transform on pov from a mundane life of "quiet desperation"...to that of living an adventure in a critical and transformative Epoch of Universal import.

For those who buy in; with "eyes that see and ears that hear". For the rest...another day at the office. "Two at the well...one taken...one left".



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You can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible are true.
People are gonna wake up to the fact one day that the Bible is absolutely 100% inerrant. Fulfilled prophecy is what sets it apart from every other religious writing.


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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
Herod wasn’t a good guy based on what we know about him, but it’s a historical smear campaign to assert he murdered a bunch of babies. There’s no historical evidence of that apart from the Bible (as opposed to the rest of his life for which there is extensive evidence). Such an event would have been extensively documented given the Roman occupation at the time and their meticulous, almost over the top detailed documentation for the time. Herod biographers, historians and regional archeologists nearly unanimously consider the event to be fable.
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
Like most unbelievers, you choose to resort to the narratives of false science to accuse Bible literalists of believing false doctrine.

If you would study the Bible more than you study books ABOUT the Bible you might see the light.

BTW, many Christians do NOT believe the earth is only 6k years old. But man (made in the image of God is!)


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Herod wasn’t a good guy based on what we know about him,


right, he killed John the Baptist because he put his bitch wife's pussy on a pedestal.


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It's astounding that a Structure of this magnitude, could remain undiscovered all this time.


Indeed


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Roger Klarvin
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right, he killed John the Baptist because he put his bitch wife's pussy on a pedestal.



That he did do

The execution of John the Baptist is documented by multiple Jewish and Roman historians of the time including Josephus


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Bayoubred
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
That's good stuff. Maybe where the Wise Men came to visit with Herod.


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Built on stolen land no doubt


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blackrose890
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re: King Herod’s 2,000-Year-Old Roman Basilica Uncovered in Ashkelon
Are you saying the Bible is perfect? You'll need to review that because the scholars and the churches even tell you where there has been innovation and insertion of non-original material.

You can't say the Bible is perfect because we as Christians acknowledge that transmission has not been perfect. We know there is allegory and metaphor. I don't know why you're intent on attacking me for having the nerve to understand what is known.


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