January 29, 2022

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Scientists displayed a golden ring bearing the symbol of Jesus Christ from the time of the Roman Empire

The ancient ring depicts Jesus as a shepherd with a sheep on his shoulder.

(More photos of the historical discovery at the end of the article)

Israeli scientists Wednesday displayed a golden ring from the Roman Empire. On the green gem adorning the gem, there was a shepherd carved with a sheep on his shoulder. According to experts, this is an early Christian symbol of Jesus, according to AFP.

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The jewel was found in a shipwreck near the ancient port of Caesarea among 3rd century Roman coins. Among the treasures are bronze statues, bells to ward off evil spirits, pottery and other items. This was stated in a statement by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The octagonal gold ring with green gemstones has an engraved image of a young shepherd in a tunic, with a ram or a sheep lying on his shoulder. It is an expression of the Christian symbol of the “Good Shepherd”.

In relatively shallow waters, a red gemstone with a lyre carved on its surface was found, as well as the remains of a wooden hull and other parts of wrecked ships.

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According to IAA expert Helena Sokolova, Caesarea was the local capital of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century. The city’s port at that time served as the main hub for the various activities of the empire.

The expert also examined the ring and explained that the image of Jesus as a shepherd caring for his flock and leading the needy was present in early Christian symbols, but it was rare to find it on the ring.

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According to Sokolov, the presence of such a symbol on the ring, which probably belonged to the Romans of Caesarea or its surroundings, is logical given the ethnically and religiously heterogeneous character of the port city of the 3rd century. At that time, Caesarea was one of the first centers of Christianity in the world.

Christianity in the beginning

“It was a time when Christianity was in its infancy. However, its importance has certainly grown and developed, especially in cities like this.”

Christianity was only practiced in secret forums at that time. However, according to Sokolov, the Roman Empire was relatively tolerant of new forms of religion, including the worship of Jesus. That is why, according to her, it was acceptable for a wealthy citizen of the empire to wear such a ring.

In addition to the above findings from Roman times, divers from the IAA discovered a second wreck near the treasury, which contained about 560 14th-century coins.

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A gold ring bearing the symbol of Jesus Christ from the time of the Roman Empire
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

7Pictures in gallery

A gold ring bearing the symbol of Jesus Christ from the time of the Roman Empire
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

7Pictures in gallery

A gold ring bearing the symbol of Jesus Christ from the time of the Roman Empire
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

7Pictures in gallery

A gold ring bearing the symbol of Jesus Christ from the time of the Roman Empire
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

7Pictures in gallery

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Bells to ward off evil spirits
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Bronze statue and other historical objects
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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roman coins
Zdroj: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun