"We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians…"
(Jordan)—In what is being hailed as an "important milestone for Christians all around the world," an ancient cave was discovered recently, beneath St. Georgeous Church in Jordan. (Photo by Rula Samain/Jordan Times)
Archaeologist Abdul Qader Hussan, head of the Rihab Center for Archaeological Studies, said the find was "amazing," stating that they "uncovered what we believe to be the first church in the world, dating from AD 33 to AD 70."
According to the report, the Rihab area of Jordan has been "rich in unique archaeological sites" with some 30 churches uncovered there so far.
The cave is also thought to have been a living place for early disciples of Christ who were seeking shelter from persecution, as a deep tunnel was found that may have led to a source of water.
"We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians: the 70 disciples of Jesus Christ," explained Hussan, citing a mosaic inscription on the floor of St. Georgeous Church that reads: "the 70 beloved by God and Divine."
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