Cave used by John the Baptist?

August 16, 2004 | 2 comments
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Archeologists have excavated a cave some believe was used as a baptistry by John the Baptist. AP story is here.

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  1. danithew on August 16, 2004 at 3:10 pm

    If I’m recalling correctly, Ein Kerem is a very pleasant place to visit a few sites and eat lunch. Maybe this adds just one more site to the list… but I don’t know how they could conclusively demonstrate that this is the place John the Baptist did his baptisms. That wouldn’t stop me from visiting. :)

  2. Julie in Austin on August 16, 2004 at 6:46 pm

    Just based on what I have read in the media accounts, the site dates to Byzantine times–when there was an obsession with locating biblical sites but without any knowledge base. I’d be wary of this one.

    (Of course, the site is still ancient, used by ancient Christians, and interesting, but art from 400 years later is a pretty thin thread to link to John. Again, all I know about this is the recent articles.)