A BIBLE investigator stumbled across a find that apparently “matched with the Gospels,” challenging everything Christians thought they knew about one of Jesus’ most famous miracles.
According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, the “Calming of the Storm” miracle tells how Jesus Christ was woken during a “furious tempest” by his disciples. Jesus is reported to have said “Peace! Be still” to which the wind eased and the waves calmed before they travelled to “the land of the Gadarenes,” a destination long debated by Christians. However, biblical investigator Simcha Jacobovici may have uncovered hard evidence during Amazon Prime’s “Decoding the Ancients” that the boat ended up in Jordan.
The narrator said in 2004: “There is a candidate in this area for the land of the Gadarene, which attracts more pilgrims than any other.
“The reason for its popularity is that it’s called Gadara.
“When fifth-century Christian pilgrims came here, they found a necropolis that suggested a connection to the Gospels and built a church over the most impressive tomb.
“Here, the name of the city, the necropolis, the size of the tomb and even the cliff-like escarpment suggests a match with the Gospels.”
Jesus came to this place and exorcise these demons
Archaeologist Dr Jutta Haser explained how there are similarities to the story, but also some issues.
She said: “The people that built this church believed that this could be the place of the man with the demons inside and the story with the pigs told in the Gospel.
“[They believe] Jesus came to this place and exorcise these demons.
“We are very far from the Sea of Galilee, of course, it’s a problem, but you see it’s a miracle/
“People just believe in the story, you don’t have to look word by word of this miracle.”
The narrator revealed there were some more red flags, though.
He added: “The Gospels of Mark explicitly say that the cliffs and the necropolis were right by the sea.
“In fact, Gadara doesn’t really match the story at all.
“It’s not only far from the water, but there’s no evidence of an ancient port anywhere at the southern end of the lake, nowhere at all for Jesus to land.”
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But Mr Jacobovici may have found the true destination of the Jesus’ voyage, hiding in Majorca all along.
He said: “Interestingly, at the time of Jesus, there was one other city named Gadara.
“Not on the Sea of Galilee, but far, far away, across the Mediterranean, in Southern Spain.”
The series went on to explain how residents there have worshipped a footprint for decades, claiming it once belonged to Jesus.
Mr Jacobovici tracked down a local, who was able to give some more information.
He said: “Ever since I was small, my grandparents would take me here and make me step in this rock.
“And they said that this was where Jesus left his footprint.
“It’s a very old tradition, my grandmother heard it from her mother and she heard it from her mother before.
“So it’s an ancient tradition.”