Rare ritual vessel from Jesus era found in Jerusalem
The vessel is rare because it has ancient writing engraved on it and may have been used by Jesus to wash his hands before eating.Jerusalem – An earthenware vessel from the time of Jesus Christ bearing a rare and mysterious inscription has been found at a dig in Jerusalem, a British archaeologist announced on Friday.
"It is possible that this type of vessel was used by Jesus to wash his hands before eating," said Shimon Gibson, author of the recently published The Final Days of Jesus -- The Archaeological Evidence.
Similar ritual artefacts have been found in the past at the archaeological dig just outside Jerusalem's Old City, but what makes this one rare is the writing engraved on it.
The letters, either ancient Hebrew or Aramaic, are legible though the meaning of the 10 lines of text is yet to be deciphered, according to Gibson who heads the University of North Carolina team conducting the dig.
"It is very rare to find this kind of inscription in Jerusalem," he said.
The artefact was found near a ritual bath currently being excavated, Gibson said.
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