Emmaus is a town in Judea or Judah. Also known as Hamthan, which means "hot springs". Cleopas and another disciple met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-16). Evacuations at the site found the ruins of a basilical mono-apsidal church built on the foundations of a more ancient house, indentified as the house of Cleopas. Judas Maccabee won a great victory over the Seleucid army of Gorgias and Nicanor near Emmaus in 166 BC.
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