JERUSALEM– An ancient tomb traditionally associated with Jesus’ midwife is being re-excavated by archaeologists in the hills southwest of Jerusalem, the Antiquities Authority said on Tuesday.
The intricately decorated Jewish burial cave complex dates from the first century AD but was later associated by local Christians with Salome, Jesus’ midwife in the Gospels. A Byzantine chapel was built on the site, which was a place of pilgrimage and worship for centuries afterwards.
The cave was first found and excavated by an Israeli archaeologist decades ago. The cave’s large forecourt is currently being excavated by archaeologists as part of a project to develop cultural trails in the region.
Crosses and inscriptions in Greek and Arabic carved into the cave walls during the Byzantine and Islamic periods indicate that the chapel was dedicated to Salome.
Pilgrims “rented oil lamps, entered the cave, used to pray, came out and returned the oil lamp,” said Ziv Firer, director of the dig. “We found dozens of them, with beautiful decorations of plants and flowers.”
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