What one Israeli couple found while undergoing a home renovation

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An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah. Photo by Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah. Photo by Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

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JERUSALEM (RNS) The discovery lends weight to what some archaeologists have long suspected: that a Jewish community existed in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood during the time when Jesus lived.