''The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well''
Tel Aviv, Aug 11: Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old stone factory in Galilee that produced vessels similar to the one Jesus Christ used to turn water into wine.
Excavations began after the site was discovered during construction work for a municipal sports centre, reports Efe news.
“The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well,” Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yarden Alexandre said on Thursday.
During the Roman period, vessels were made of ceramics: a material Jews considered impure and ippropriate for purification rituals because it is breakable, so they opted instead to use stone.
“It is possible that large stone containers of the type mentioned in the wedding at Ca of Galilee story may have been produced locally in Galilee,” Alexandre said.
“Our excavations are highlighting the pivotal role of ritual purity observance - not only in Jerusalem, but in the far-off Galilee as well,” excavation director Yotan Adler said.
Galilee is a fertile, mountainous region in northern Israel. It is known for the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus Christ is said to have walked on water. (IANS)