During a 2018 exploration of a ruined settlement in the Negev Desert, an art historian entered an ancient church to seek shelter from the bright sun. And as she looked up at the roof, she saw something remarkable. The dirty, damaged painting above was unlike any that had been found previously. Indeed, it could usher in a whole new understanding of the region’s ancient art.
Israel is the birthplace of three of the world’s most major religions. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all what is known as Abrahamic religions. They claim to be descended from a man called Abraham, who allegedly lived in ancient Israel thousands of years ago.
There are very few historical sources to confirm or deny Abraham’s existence. Most of what we know of ancient Israel comes from the Hebrew Bible. This is another name for the Jewish holy writings known as the Tanakh, which are also the basis of the Christian Old Testament. However, it was written centuries after the alleged incidents that it depicts.