Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 1,300-year-old church with exceptionally well-preserved mosaics beside the famous Biblical Mount of Transfiguration.
Perhaps one of the widespread misconceptions surrounding archaeology and history is that they are “grey” subjects, where in reality only be the passionless “teaching” of history can be called grey, for all archaeological evidence suggests the ancient world was ablaze with color. This is made evident in the recent discovery of highly detailed floor mosaics in a 1,300-year old church in Israel.
The well-preserved highly ornate mosaic floors were recently unearthed after the announcement of a new playground sparked an archaeological excavation in the Circassian village of Kfar Kama, near Mount Tabor. The project was directed by archaeologist Nurit Feig on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority , with assistance from local volunteers, in collaboration with Prof. Moti Aviam of the Kinneret Academic College .
An Ancient Church of Real Biblical Proportions
If you’ve ever wandered around one of the great European medieval cathedrals you would be forgiven for thinking our Christian forebears were an awfully dour lot, but to properly conceive what these early homes of god looked like you must picture an almost psychedelic blaze of geometry and clashing colors painted across the tree like pillars and sacred features like apses, fonts, and altars.
Speaking with media outlet Aleteia, the Catholic Archbishop Dr. Youssef Matta, Head of the Greek Catholic Church in Israel, who personally visited the site, said the mosaics and the church setting was “inspiring.” He also points out that this archaeological holy site is located close to the Biblical “Mount of Transfiguration.”
According to “Mathew 17” presented on Bible Gateway, this is the location where: “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”