Archaeologists announced Monday that they have found the oldest baptismal site inside a cave south of Jerusalem. They believe John the Baptist anointed many disciples there.
Archaeologists organized a tour in the site, showing wall decorations, pottery shards from the mid second century B.C.E., and a stone they believe was used for ceremonial foot washing.
‘The site we’ve uncovered is seemingly the connecting link between Jewish and Christian baptism,’ said British archaeologist Shimon Gibson.
However, other archeologists said there was no actual proof that John the Baptist ever set foot in the cave.
‘Unfortunately, we didn’t find any inscriptions,’ said James Tabor, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina.