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Bible is RIGHT: Expert exposes 'unparalleled discovery' of map that can validate the Bible

The Madaba Map, or the Madaba Mosaic Map, is a sixth century AD depiction of the Holy Land, believed to be among the oldest known portrayals of Jerusalem. Discovered in a Byzantine church in Madaba, Jordan, the map has fascinated archaeologists and theologians alike. For scientists, it is the oldest known geographic floor mosaic in art history.

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And for devout Christians, it is evidence of the Bible’s validity as a historical document.

Professor Tom Meyer, a scripture expert at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, told Express.co.uk: “An unparalleled archaeology discovery has come to light that demonstrates the historicity of many of the famous places mentioned in the Bible; this key discovery is the Madaba Map.

“Discovered during the construction of a new church on top of an older Byzantine period church in 1896 by Deacon Cleopas Kikilidis, the Madaba Map still resides at the St George church in Madaba, Jordan.

“The map, dating to the sixth century BC, is the oldest and most exact map of the Holy Land before cartography.”

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Bible news: The Madaba Maps is an ancient depiction of the Holy Land and Jerusalem (Image: GETTY)

Bible news: Parts of the Madaba Map have survided in Jordan (Image: GETTY)

Although parts of the mosaic have been lost to the annals of time, thanks to earthquakes and human factors, it remains a comprehensive overview of the biblical landscape.

The map’s surviving elements presently measure about 34ft by 16ft.

But the completed mosaic may have extended up to 45ft across.

According to Professor Meyer, up to one million tile pieces may have been used in its construction.

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The map’s most prominent features include a view of the ancient city of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and the Dead Sea.

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An unparalleled archaeology discovery has come to light

Professor Tom Meyer, Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

The map also depicts many key features of Jerusalem, including the Damascus Gate, the old city’s walls and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Professor Meyer said: “The map is oriented to the east, corresponding to the orientation of most churches at that time.

“The preserved fragments show numerous topographical features of the Holy Land like the Jordan River running into the Dead Sea, fountains and springs, the eastern mountains of Moab, the mountains area of Ephraim and Manasseh north of Jerusalem, the lowlands or Shephelah, the coastal region, the biblical Negev, and parts of the Mediterranean Sea and the Nile Delta.”

The map also offers insight into the flora and fauna of the Holy Land, depicting lions, fish and gazelles.

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Bible news: You can see the mosaic in St George church in Madaba, Jordan (Image: GETTY)

Bile news: Archaeologists have confirmed real locations using the ancient map (Image: GETTY)

Date palms, thorn bushes can also be found among the maps tiles.

Professor Meyer said: “Maritime activity is depicted on the Dead Sea with ships transporting salt or wheat.

“Greek inscriptions not only pinpoint where famous Biblical events occurred, but Bible verses are also portrayed on the map.

“And of course, Biblical place names are located on the map along with their corresponding name in Greek.

“The map is constructed to scale. Smaller towns simply have one or two gates, medium-sized cities, have one to three gates and towers protruding from their walls, and larger cities are shown with three to four gates.

“But the centrepiece of the map is the enlarged city of Jerusalem with such famous locations as Damascus Gate, the north-south Cardo, the Nea Church, and the site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

“The Madaba Map is not only a piece of art history but a testimony to the historical veracity of the places and events that occurred on the pages of the Bible.”

Archaeologists have already verified some locations, such as the Nea Church in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, are where the map suggests.

A replica of the map has been incorporated into the lobby of the YMCA in Jerusalem.

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