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1500 year old inscription points to site of apostle Peter’s home

Archaeologists from Israel and America have uncovered 1,500 years old mosaic inscription on a centuries-old basilica near the Sea of Galilee that strongly suggests the building was constructed over the home of the Apostle Peter.

The Greek inscription references the donor, “Constantine, the servant of Christ.” Constantine was a fourth century Roman emperor who converted to Christianity and then includes a petition for intercession from the “chief and commander of the heavenly apostles.” That latter phrase references Peter, says archaeologists.

“The title’ chief and commander of the apostles’ is routinely used by Byzantine Christian writers to refer to the Apostle Peter,” said a new release.

The expedition was led by Kinneret College in Israel and Nyack College in New York. Last year, the same team announced they likely had found the famed “Church of the Apostles,” a Byzantine-period basilica at the same location that was believed to be built over the homes of Peter and his brother, Andrew.

They say this discovery is their strongest indicator that Peter had a special association with the basilica, and it was likely dedicated to him,” said Steven Notley, academic director of the The basilica is located at el Araj/Beit haBek, Israel, on the Sea of Galilee.

The team believes the location is likely the biblical village of Bethsaida.

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