MSNBC is reporting on a find in Rihab, northern Jordan, near the Syrian border that may be one of the very earliest Christian places of worship yet discovered.
AMMAN, Jordan – Archaeologists in Jordan said Monday they have discovered a cave underneath one of the world’s oldest churches that may have once been an even more ancient site of Christian worship.
Hussein said there was evidence that the underground cave was used as a church by 70 disciples of Jesus in the first century after Christ’s death, which would make it the oldest Christian site of worship in the world.
A mosaic inscription on the floor of the later church of St. Georgeous above refers to “the 70 beloved by God and the divine” who founded the worship there.
In this and other first century Christian sites there has yet to be found any mention of Jesus surviving the crucifixion and later marrying Mary Magdalene and fathering children who eventually established a ruling dynasty in Europe. Gnostic and New Age disciples, however, are reported to be unperterbed in their belief that Jesus was a mere mortal and it was Mary Magdalene who was truly divine.