Phillippe Bohstrom has written a fascinating and informative article about the discovery of a Roman inscription mentioning the province of Judea and a previously unknown Roman governor.
This Marcus Paccius ruled Judea before the Bar Kochba Revolt (about A.D. 135).
There were nearly 20 Roman prefects or governors during the first century A.D., but we learn only the names of Pontius Pilate (the trial of Jesus), Felix (Acts 23-24), and Festus (Acts 25-26) in the New Testament.
Haifa University underwater archaeologists found this inscription off the coast of Dor.
The newly found inscription, carved on the stone in Greek, is missing a part, but is thought to have originally read: “The City of Dor honors Marcus Paccius, son of Publius, Silvanus Quintus Coredius Gallus Gargilius Antiquus, governor of the province of Judea, as well as […] of the province of Syria, and patron of the city of Dor.”
The inscription is now on display in the Haifa University Library.
Read Bohstrom’s article with photos here.
Our photo below shows the area around ancient Dor.
For a list of Old Testament reference to Dor click here.