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In a recent article in Jerusalem Perspective entitled, 'A Farewell to the Roman Road,' David Bivin documents the slow destruction of the ancient Roman road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. This destruction is a result of neglect, erosion, the building of sewage systems and the expansion of a cemetery. Bivin begins his article by seeking to identify the town of Emmaus described in the gospel of Luke with Motza-Qalunya, although he acknowledges the early tradition of Emmaus-Nicopolis as the biblical Emmaus. He notes that both towns lie on the road that is falling into disrepair and decay, and is the likely route the disciples took to Emmaus on the day of Jesus' resurrection. Bivin is hoping to call attention to the state of this Roman road, in hopes that authorities will act to preserve these important ruins. 

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