A ring showing the early Christian depiction of Jesus as a shepherd was found in one of the ancient vessels from the Middle Ages, the archaeologists said.
A gold ring with an engraved green gemstone, with a figure of a young boy bearing a ram or sheep on his shoulders, was found along with a hundred of silver and bronze coins on the Mediterranean seabed near Caesarea, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The good shepherd was one of the oldest symbols used in the east by the Christian community, according to a group of archaeologists. They said that the ring was from around the mid-third century.
In the New Testament Book of John, Jesus called himself a good-looking dog who was able to protect the flock of faithful followers.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the haul, which also includes Roman-era figurines, and a ring carved with the image of a biblical lyre, came from two ships, from six and 17 centuries, which likely foundered during a storm while anchored at the site.
The New Testament Acts of the Apostles describe Peter as baptizing the Roman centurion Cornelius in Caesarea. The city was one of the oldest religious institutions in Israel, and it was the home of first Christians, Israel antiquities Authority said.
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