1063 Kathisma Church
Today Jerusalem and Bethlehem are part of one large urban area. In actuality they are several miles apart. In between the two cities are several interesting archaeological and historical sites. One is the Ramat Rachel excavation, that we’ve discussed recently. Archaeologists believe Ramat Rachel was the palace of the later Judean kings. Another is the Kathisma church, a Byzantine construction that was dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. There’s an article on this interesting church in the latest issue of the Biblical Archaeology Review. We took the occasion to talk with editor Hershel Shanks about the church as well as other recent events related to Biblical Archaeology.