2,000 Year Old Stone Workshop Discovered Near Where Jesus Turned Water Into Wine

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The workshop and quarry were discovered during the construction of a road

  • Archaeologists have uncovered fragments of chalkstone mugs and bowls

  • They have also discovered thousands of cylindrical chalk cores at the site

  • They were discarded in the process of hollowing out the vessels with a lathe

  • Jews of the period used stoneware for reasons of religious observance

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    Published: 14:59 EST, 10 August 2017 | Updated: 05:43 EST, 16 August 2017

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    A 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine has been uncovered. 

    Archaeologists made the discovery near the Galilee village of Reineh in northern Israel.

    It is walking distance from Cana, the site of a wedding where the Gospel of John says Jesus performed the miracle, which was his first.

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    A 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine has been uncovered. Archaeologist Yonatan Adler displays some of the chalkstone mugs and cores discovered (pictured)

    A 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine has been uncovered. Archaeologist Yonatan Adler displays some of the chalkstone mugs and cores discovered (pictured)

    STONEWARE PURITY 

    A 2,000-year-old workshop for making stone vessels similar to those Jesus is believed to have used to miraculously turn water into wine has been uncovered.

    Jews of the period used stoneware for reasons of religious observance.

    According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken.

    Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure.

    That practice was noted in John's New Testament account of the Cana wedding, which described larger vessels

    In John 2:6, it is said: 'There were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews.'

    The workshop and an adjoining quarry were discovered by chance during the construction of an access road for a new sports centre, excavation director Yonatan Adler said. 

    It is one of only a handful discovered from ancient Israel and the first ever discovered in Galilee.

    The area was a remote backwater of the Roman empire when the site, located inside a man-made cave, was in use.

    Since its discovery two months ago, Dr Adler and his team have uncovered fragments of chalkstone mugs and bowls.

    They have also discovered thousands of cylindrical chalk cores discarded in the process of hollowing out the vessels with a lathe.

    'What's exciting here is that for the first time we have physical evidence of production of stone vessels here in Galilee,' Dr Addler said.

    'There has always been a question amongst scholars regarding the nature of Judaism in Galilee,' something which he believes is particularly important when studying early Christianity.

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    'The question is, who are these people that are living in Galilee?'

    They are typical of a period from the second half of the first century BC to the middle of the first century AD.

    Jews of the period used stoneware for reasons of religious observance.

    Dr Adler and his team have discovered thousands of cylindrical chalk cores (pictured) discarded in the process of hollowing out the vessels with a lathe

    Dr Adler and his team have discovered thousands of cylindrical chalk cores (pictured) discarded in the process of hollowing out the vessels with a lathe

    Dr Adler, a senior lecturer at Ariel University, said: 'According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken. 

    'Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure,' he said.

    That practice was noted in John's New Testament account of the Cana wedding, which described larger vessels.

    This image shows two-thousand-year-old chalkstone cores of mugs, dating to the Roman period, where they were found at the excavation

    This image shows two-thousand-year-old chalkstone cores of mugs, dating to the Roman period, where they were found at the excavation

    In John 2:6, it is said: 'There were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews.'

    'So far at this site we haven't found production of these large jars,' Adler added.

    'But presumably the stone jars that would have been used at Cana would have been produced at a site like this, probably in the area.'

    He said that prior to the Reineh excavation two similar sites had been excavated, both near Jerusalem.

    Archaeologists made the discovery near the Galilee village of Reineh in northern Israel. It is walking distance from Cana, the site of a wedding where the Gospel of John says Jesus performed the miracle, which was his first

    Archaeologists made the discovery near the Galilee village of Reineh in northern Israel. It is walking distance from Cana, the site of a wedding where the Gospel of John says Jesus performed the miracle, which was his first

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