The El Araj Excavation Project recently completed its summer dig season and uncovered more evidence showing that the site was a first-century fishing village, possibly the New Testament town of Bethsaida. This year the team excavated in Area D and continued to find evidence of occupation in the first century. These finds included coins, pottery, fishing weights, and stone vessels. In addition, an inkwell was discovered in a home that also contained numerous fishing weights. This would seem to indicate that first-century fishermen could be literate. Some scholars have suggested that fishermen like Peter and John could not have written New Testament books because they were merely illiterate fishermen. The discovery of an inkwell in a fisherman’s home challenges this assumption.
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