Archeologists Discover Oldest Known Christian Church: 33-70 AD

Ancient Find Proves Christ’s Words


Archaeologists have unearthed in Jordan what they believe to be the first Christian church in the world.

Dating back almost 2,000 years to sometime between 33 AD to 70 AD, the church, which is actually a cave, was found underneath Saint Georgeous Church, which itself dates back to 230 AD, in Rihab in northern Jordan near the Syrian border.

Agence France Presse and The Jordan Times report that the church is thought to have sheltered the world’s earliest Christians from persecution and certain death. “We have evidence to believe this church sheltered the early Christians–the 70 disciples of Jesus Christ,” Abdul Qader al-Husan, the head of Jordan’s Rihab Centre for Archaeological Studies, told AFP.

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