Is this where Jesus Christ exorcised a man possessed by demons?

In the Biblical book of Mark, the apostle describes how Jesus freed a man 'possessed by the devil' by casting his demons into pigs.

Updated: Dec 22, 2015, 01:30 AM IST
Is this where Jesus Christ exorcised a man possessed by demons?
Pic courtesy: MailOnline (Archaeologists have uncovered a 1,600-year-old marble slab (shown) with Hebrew inscriptions)

New Delhi: Believe it or not researchers claim that they have discovered a 1,600-year-old marble with Hebrew inspection, which marks the Land of the Gederenes, where Jesus exorcised a man, casting demons among a swine herd, as told in the New Testament.

In the Biblical book of Mark, the apostle describes how Jesus freed a man 'possessed by the devil' by casting his demons into pigs.

The event is known as the 'Miracle of the Swine', and now a 1,600-year-old slab found on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee could pinpoint the exact location of this incident, as per a report published in MailOnline.

Notably, archaeologists believe the marble slab inscribed with Hebrew adds to mounting evidence that the event took place in Kursi, also referred to as the Land of Gederenes, the report further said.

The slab measures 55 inches by 26 inches (140cm by 70cm) and was found on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee could pinpoint the exact location of the 'Miracle of the Swine'. 

So far, experts have identified the words 'amen' and 'marmaria' inscribed into the stone, which could either refer to marble, Mary or Rabbi.

The researchers at the University of Haifa, Israel, with the Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority, are now trying to decipher the other words engraved using the Aramaic language.

References are made to Land of the Gederenes, and the exorcism, at various points in the books of the apostles Luke, Mark and Matthew.