Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1452 Father Eamon Kelly – Mary Magdalene and Magdala, part 3

Father Eamon Kelly

Father Eamon Kelly LC

The excavations at Magdala began as a salvage excavation, as a Catholic order began plans to build a retreat center along the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Father Eamon Kelly, the assistant director of the Magdala Center, says that they prayed that there would be no archaeology found, or if there was, that it would be something good like a Byzantine church. What was actually found exceeded everyone’s expectations, the intact ruins of a first century city from the time of Jesus.

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