Archeologists may have hit a milestone as they discovered an ancient town of the Biblical times, called the town of Emmaus. It is told that Jesus Christ came to this town after his resurrection. This town is also linked to the Ark of the Covenant.
These remains, according to archeologists, can be dated back to almost 2.200 years ago. These remains were at the then-called city of Kiriath-Jearim located on a hill in the Land of Israel as mentioned by the Hebrew Bible.
This remains can be traced back to the Hellenistic times (between the death of Alexander the Great and the emergence of the Roman Empire). Greek influence was very strong over that region. The walls of the city were repaired later, later in the rule of the Romans around the 1st century A.D.
Israel Finkelstein, a professor at Tel Aviv University, and his researchers suggest that these ruins could be the famous, ancient, Biblical town of Emmaus. Jesus Christ is said to have appeared on the roads of this town after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Christian tradition.
In the Bible in Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus, the city is described to be almost 7 miles from Jerusalem. Comparing this to today’s geography, this information is coherent with the distances between Kiriath-Jearim, Abu Ghosh (a village outside of Jerusalem) and Jerusalem. Furthermore, it is also said to be located to the west of Jerusalem, which also corresponds to Kiriath-Jearim being to the west of Jerusalem.
More details of the site will be revealed in an upcoming research paper which is to be published in the ‘New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region’.
Regardless, other locations have been indicated to be the ancient city of Emmaus. Some sites include the Byzantine town of Emmaus Nicopolis, the modern village of Motza, and many more.