An underwater archeology team has recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean a Golden Ring with an early Christian representation of Jesus as shepherd alongside hundreds of silver and bronze coins. The treasure comes from centuries-old shipwrecks off the coast of Israel, near the old port of Caesarea.
The gold ring with a green gem is engraved with the figure of a young man dressed in a tunic carrying a ram or sheep on his shoulders and has been dated to around the middle of the third century. The Good grassr It was one of the first symbols used by the Christian community in the East according to Reuters, since according to the New Testament book of John, Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd who protected his flock of faithful followers.
Specialists have also rescued hundreds of coins, silver and gold rings, rare gems, statuettes from Roman times, bronze bells (used to ward off evil spirits) and wrecksLike nails and a great iron anchor broken into pieces.
The wrecks were discovered a few months ago by the Israel Antiquities Authority in front of the Caesarea thing and belong to two different periods, one to the Roman (1,700 years ago) and another to romper (600), which were likely shipwrecked during a storm while anchored in place.
Caesarea was one of the early centers of christianity and it housed one of the first Christian communities. The Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament record Peter baptizing the Roman centurion Cornelius in that city.