In the Palestinian West Bank near Bethlehem lies the ruins of an ancient palace. And in 1969 archaeologist Gideon Foerster discovered a ring there, only to later leave it languishing. But in 2018 closer inspection of the item led researchers in an incredible direction – all the way to Pontius Pilate, the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
But before we get to the ring’s discovery in 1969, lets travel back to the Biblical period. As you probably know, the crucifixion of Jesus is one of the central tenets of Christianity. In general terms, many believe that Christ’s death made possible not only a relationship with God, but also eternal life for his followers.
As such, Jesus’ death is a powerful symbol of the Christian faith. Thought to be proof of his devotion to God, his father, and his love of humanity, his sacrifice is said by many to have been part of His plan. Full of striking imagery, the story of the crucifixion has inspired some of the world’s greatest artworks.