Temple Where Jesus Reportedly Healed Bleeding Woman Found In Israel

temple where jesus reportedly healed bleeding woman found in israel

Researchers discover the lost 'temple where Jesus healed the bleeding woman' in the ancient Roman city of Caesarea Philippi, Israel.

Experts from the University of Haifa have excavated the remains of an ancient church, and they believe it's the site of a biblical 'miracle.

During the excavation, Professor Adi Erlich and her team also found a small, souvenir-like stone with crosses carved into its surface.

temple where jesus reportedly healed bleeding woman found in israel

Adi theorized that religious pilgrims created the carving around the year 400, as a memorial to a miracle Jesus did at the location.

The miracle is in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

According to the Bible, the miracle took place while Jesus was on his way to the home of Jairus, whose daughter was sick.

While Jesus spoke to the crowd, a woman who suffered a 'bleeding' disease for 12 years 'secretly touched his robes.

She believed by just touching the garments, she'll heal from her illness. And that was what happened.

The biblical text reads, according to Mark:

And a woman was there. [She] had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.

She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had. Yet, instead of getting better, she grew worse.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. Because she thought, 'If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.'

Immediately, her bleeding stopped.

Referencing this biblical text, professor Adi said:

We believe that the church uncovered by us may have been this church that was related to the miracle.

temple where jesus reportedly healed bleeding woman found in israel

The site is currently part of the Banias Nature Reserve in northern Israel.

There's also another temple nearby. But Adi believes their find conforms with the biblical miracle.

She explained:

There is another church [experts] excavated some 30 years ago on the other side of the springs.

But our little church is more of a memorial than a practical basilica for services.

So it could have served as the place commemorating the event.

Adi and her team also found traces of an earlier Roman space dedicated to Pan, suggesting another religion had previously used the site.

However, it's still a mystery why people abandoned the ancient city, in the Golan Heights.

Adi explained:

The Roman phase part was probably ruined and rebuilt [as a church] by the Christians.

[An earthquake hit] the first phase of the church… with half of the building sinking about a meter.

[People] abandoned the second phase… perhaps because of the decline of Christianity and the rise of Islam. But we can't tell for sure.

The possibly holy location features springs, caves and a ritual 'cultic pool and a water aqueduct.'

Adi added:

Once conservation is over, everybody is welcome to come and visit.