In the Palestinian West Bank near Bethlehem lies the ruins of an ancient palace. And it was there in 1969 that archaeologist Gideon Foerster discovered a ring – only to later leave it languishing. In 2018, however, closer inspection of the item led researchers in an incredible direction – and it went all the way to Pontius Pilate, the man who had ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
But before we get to the ring’s discovery in 1969, let’s travel back to Biblical times. As you probably know, the crucifixion of Jesus plays a central role in Christianity. In general terms, many people believe that Christ’s death made a relationship with God possible while also granting eternal life for his followers.
As such, Jesus’ death is a powerful symbol of the Christian faith. Thought to be proof of both his devotion to God and his love of humanity, Jesus’ sacrifice is said by many to have been part of his plan. And the story of the crucifixion has also been a source of inspiration for some of the world’s greatest art.