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Written in Stone

July 24, 2022

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Author Gerd Eichmann
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Early Christians at first met in individual homes.  The oldest building known to have housed a Christian church was constructed between 293 and 303 AD in Aqaba, Jordan [1].

This structure predates the famous Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, both of which date from the 320s AD [2][3].

Another 3rd or 4th Century church has been located beneath a modern prison in Megiddo [4][5].  Plans are underway to move the prison, so that full-scale excavations can proceed.

Greek mosaics have been found here, including one inscribed “to the memory of the Lord, Jesus Christ.”  This is believed to be the earliest mosaic dedicated to Christ.

That is not the only concrete evidence for our faith.

The Christian Broadcasting Network has produced a video titled “Written in Stone:  Kings and Prophets” which outlines some of the archaeological discoveries made in and around the Holy Land which support the biblical account of history [6].

Though thousands of facts contained in the Bible can no longer be proven because of the passage of time, the Bible has been vindicated again and again [7][8].

Christians know, of course, that the Bible is the inerrant, revealed Word of God.  It does not require “verification” by archaeology or otherwise.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3: 16-17).

[1]  Guinness World Records, “First purpose-built church”,

[2]  Wikipedia, “Church of the Nativity”,

[3]  Wikipedia, “Church of the Holy Sepulchre”,

[4]  C4i – Israel:  the Prophetic Connection, June 22 Edition, “Earliest mosaic in Israel dedicated to Jesus may soon be sprung from prison” by Amanda Borschel-Dan (3/28/22).

[5]  Wikipedia, “Megiddo church (Israel)”,

[6]  Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), “Written in Stone:  Kings and Prophets”,

[7]  Answers in Genesis, “Chapter 25 – Does Archaeology Support the Bible?” by Clifford Wilson, 8/27/14,

[8]  Crossway, “10 Crucial Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Bible” by John Currid, 4/26/18,


  1. How precious is the gift of having God’s word written across our hearts! No archeological discovery could ever outweigh the truth of scripture once it has been revealed to us!

    Have a blessed day my friend.

  2. If only we can rediscover the true ecclesia in the home today (Acts 2ff), in the West particularly. Constantine’s system in which church = building/clergy/program/etc. blinds so many Christian leaders to this very day. Thanks for lifting out the historical facts re the true gathering of the saints at the beginning. But then of course I am somewhat prejudiced, lol! Thanks Anna.

    • I think we need to move in the direction of home churches again. Too many Christians associate “church” w/ a building rather than the living, breathing Body of Christ.

  3. Note, also, that while archaeological finds have often proven the Bible’s historical accuracy, the ‘negative proof,’ though logically weaker, is also true: NOTHING has ever been found that refutes the truth of the Bible. 😉
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

  4. Vielen Dank für Deinen interessanten Beitrag, liebe Anna. Ich wünsche Dir alles Liebe, Marie

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