Caiaphas' Cave

Have archaeologists found the burial site for the priest who judged Jesus?

Construction crews in Israel often uncover artifacts that date to biblical times. Rarely, however, do they stumble across the people who inhabit the Scriptures. But workers building a water park south of the Old City of Jerusalem may have performed precisely that feat two years ago when they uncovered a burial cave. As reported in this week's issue of Biblical Archaeology Review by Zvi Greenhut, Jerusalem's chief archaeologist, the cave is the final resting place for the Caiaphas family, whose most famous member was the high priest who, according to the Gospels, handed Jesus over to the Romans for crucifixion.

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