Sebastia: Ancient Museum in the heart of the Palestinian Authority.

This is one of the signs at the museum of ancient Sebastia, which today is in the heart of the Palestinian Authority.


1) The information fails to mention that Sebastia actually served as the capital of the Biblical Kingdom of Israel under the name of Shomron, (aka Samaria) in the 8th and 9th centuries BCE. In the first paragraph, it also anachronistically uses the word ‘Palestine, a word borrowed from “Syria Palaestina” which was the name given to the region hundreds of years later by the Emperor Hadrian who wanted to quash Jewish memory and punish the Jewish people.

2) Herod the Great was a Jew according to Jewish Law. He was the Roman appointed client king of the Roman Province of Judaea, (pronounced JEWdea, and named as such because “Jews” lived there). It was Herod who renamed the city Sebastia.

credit: Kay Wilson.

3) “Iron age city” aka an “Israelite city.”

4) “Pot sherds and oil press belonging to that period..” not to mention archaeological remains found dating back to the Israelite period, and later periods of ancient Jewish settlement proven by the ample Jewish coins and pottery found on site.

5) “Babylonians and Assyrians,” that would be just two of the great empires that fought Biblical Israel.

6) John the Baptist – aka a Jew who lived during the Second Temple period when Judaism had sharply divided and contested approaches to Jewish Law.

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credit: Times of Israel.

7) “The shrine is in good condition...” – that is if you ignore the Islamic graffiti hailing Hamas that is spray-painted in Arabic, and reads, “There is no god but Allah.”

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