“Saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ Then the disciples from Emmaus told what happened on the road and how they knew he was the Lord when he broke the bread.”
– Luke 24:34-35
The resurrected Jesus spotted on the road to Emmaus
The biblical town of Emmaus, which is linked both to the resurrection of Jesus and the Ark of the Covenant, may have just been uncovered by archaeologists in Israel.
Emmaus is mentioned three times in the Gospel of Luke.
“By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on,”
– Luke 24:28
In chapter 24 of the gospel of Luke in the New Testament, we are told about how Jesus appeared on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-28), which discusses the resurrection of Christ. Jesus opens the Scriptures, and beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he explains to his disciples what was written about himself in the Scriptures (Luke 24:27).
Archaeologists may have discovered the biblical village of Emmaus
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered the remains of a 2,200-year-old fortification. The finding was made at a hill called Kiriath-Jearim, which lies on the outskirts of Abu Ghosh, a village near Jerusalem.
The expedition is led by Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein, as well as a team of researchers from the College de France. The expedition team believes they have unearthed the biblical village known as Emmaus in the Bible, as mentioned in the gospel of Luke chapter 24.
In the New Testament, Emmaus is described as being about 7 miles from Jerusalem. The researchers say this distance corresponds with the distances between Kiriath-Jearim, Abu Ghosh and Jerusalem.
In ancient histories, Emmaus is described as a fortified town line west of Jerusalem, which is precisely where the Kiriath-Jearim site sits.
In the Old Testament, Kiriath-Jearim is spoken of as one of the places where the Ark of the Covenant stood.
Still, scholars don’t agree on the location of Emmaus. Some argue that the biblical village may be the ancient Byzantine town of Emmaus Nicopolis. Others say it is the modern village of Motza.