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"Tomb References John the Baptist's Father"
Tomb References John the Baptist's Father
trefwoorden: graftombe - christenen - byzantijnen - 4e, 5e eeuw
... "This is the tomb of Zachariah, martyr, very pious priest, father of John," the inscription of 47 Greek letters reads.
The discovery was a stroke of luck: the light of the setting sun hit an ancient tomb at just the right angle and revealed hints of a worn inscription, unnoticed for centuries, commemorating the father of John the Baptist.
The inscription probably does not mean that the father of the biblical figure is actually buried in the 60-foot-high funerary monument at the foot of the Mount of Olives, say the text's discoverers. But it does give new insight into the local lore surrounding the early figures of the Christian Church.
Lees verder in: Newsday (juli 2003)