High Priestly Fragment Discovered


An inscribed fragment from a 2,000 year-old sarcophagus has been discovered near Jerusalem.  The fragment appears to have been recycled into a Muslim building at some later date.

1st century A.D. inscribed sarcophagus fragment

1st century A.D. inscribed sarcophagus fragment

Archaeologists believe the fragment was from the sarcophagus of a Jewish Priest who served at the 2nd Temple between A.D. 30 and 70 – during New Testament times.

A press release is here.

Update: The inscription is in Hebrew and translates as “son of the High Priest”.  The Israel Antiquities Authority has more details on this find in the official press release.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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