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In the Gospel of Luke from the New Testament, Jesus appears to two followers soon the road to the town, though the exact location of the town has remained a mystery. As reported by The Daily Beast, fourth-century theologian Eusebius of Caesarea suggested Nicopolis as the destination. Luke says Emmaus was 60 stadia (4.3-6.8miles) from Jerusalem but Nicopolis was more than twice this distance.

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A joint team of French and Israeli archaeologists began excavation work at Kiriath-Jearim in 2017.

The hill is several kilometres to the west of Jerusalem and its’ elevated position made it strategically important.

In the Bible, Kiraith-Jearim is supposedly where the Ark of the Covenant was held before King David moved it to Jerusalem.

The Ark of the Covenant is a gold-covered wooden chest containing the stone tablets of the Decalogue.

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Hebrews 9:4 says: "The ark of the covenant [was] covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tablets of the covenant."

Archaeologists thus believe this is the site of Emmaus.

In a forthcoming article in New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region, Tel Aviv University’s Israel Finkelstein and College de Frances Thomas Romer argue walls found at the site date to the Maccabee and Seleucid conflict.

During this conflict, Seleucid leader Bacchides ordered the construction of a ring to

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