A golden ring with a third-century Roman Christian symbol of Jesus inscribed in its gemstone has been found in a shipwreck from the Mediterranean Sea of Israel.
The Israeli cultural heritage administration announced Wednesday that it found a trove of third-century Roman relics from two ships under the sea off the ancient port of Caesarea, including the Jesus ring. At the center of the golden ring is a green gemstone where the shape of a young shepherd carrying a lamb on his shoulder is inscribed in detail. The administration explained that the boy is a symbol of the Jesus and the ring was worn by Roman women.
The port of Caesarea was a logistics hub of the Roman empire during the infancy of Christianity. It is also known as the place where Saint Peter baptized a Roman Officer. Experts cite this as reason why the caretaker of sheep has become the symbol of Christianity. In addition to the ring, a bronze eagle figurine, bronze sculptures to ward off evil spirits, a pantomimus figurine symbolizing the Roman dancer, the ancient Roman silver, and bronze coins were found in the shipwreck.
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