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70 metal books found in Jordan cave could change our view of Biblical history

 
 
 
 
 
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Revelation: Experts speculate that the tablets could be the lost collection of codices referred to in the Bible's Book Of Revelation.

For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price.

This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity.

Academics are divided as to their authenticity but say that if verified, they could prove as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.

On pages not much bigger than a credit card, are images, symbols and words that appear to refer to the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation.

The books were discovered five years ago in a cave in a remote part of Jordan to which Christian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. Important documents from the same period have previously been found there.

Initial metallurgical tests indicate that some of the books could date from the first century AD.

This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially.

If the dating is verified, the books would be among the earliest Christian documents, predating the writings of St Paul.

The prospect that they could contain contemporary accounts of the final years of Jesus’s life has excited scholars – although their enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that experts have previously been fooled by sophisticated fakes.

David Elkington, a British scholar of ancient religious history and archeology, and one of the few to have examined the books, says they could be ‘the major discovery of Christian history’.

‘It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church,’ he said.

But the mysteries between their ancient pages are not the books’ only riddle. Today, their whereabouts are also something of a mystery. After their discovery by a Jordanian Bedouin, the hoard was subsequently acquired by an Israeli Bedouin, who is said to have illegally smuggled them across the border into Israel, where they remain.

However, the Jordanian Government is now working at the highest levels to repatriate and safeguard the collection. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Sheffield University, said there was powerful evidence that the books have a Christian origin in plates cast into a picture map of the holy city of Jerusalem.

‘As soon as I saw that, I was dumbstruck,’ he said. ‘That struck me as so obviously a Christian image. There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city.

‘There are walls depicted on other pages of these books too and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem. It is a Christian crucifixion taking place outside the city walls.’

The British team leading the work on the discovery fears that the present Israeli ‘keeper’ may be looking to sell some of the books on to the black market, or worse – destroy them.

But the man who holds the books denies the charge and claims they have been in his family for 100 years.

Dr Margaret Barker, a former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, said: ‘The Book of Revelation tells of a sealed book that was opened only by the Messiah.

‘Other texts from the period tell of sealed books of wisdom and of a secret tradition passed on by Jesus to his closest disciples. That is the context for this discovery.’

Professor Davies said: ‘The possibility of a Hebrew-Christian origin is certainly suggested by the imagery and, if so, these codices are likely to bring dramatic new light to our understanding of a very significant but so far little understood period of history.’

Mr Elkington, who is leading British efforts to have the books returned to Jordan, said: ‘It is vital that the collection can be recovered intact and secured in the best possible circumstances, both for the benefit of its owners and for a potentially fascinated international audience.’

*British scientists have uncovered up to eight million mummified dogs, thought to have been sacrificed to Anubis, the god of the dead, 2500 years ago after excavating tunnels in the ancient Eygptian city of Saqqara.

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  • George Parry

    Like the dead sea scrolls, if the contents don’t favour the teachings of the catholic church, they won’t be released. You will just have to carry on believing the bare faced lies that the catholic church has used to brainwash you. Open your eys and wake up ! Jesus was a con man !

    • lovesthelord

      actually if you read the Holy bible you will know that God kept his word in tact for his children as it dose not go along with any catholic teaching. So why would they allow something that contradicts every thing they are about? Because Gods word is exactly that GODS WORD and it is alive and in action.As the lord has told and shown us GOD reviels himself to those who love him, for those of you who do not you may continue to live in strong delusions and never see the truth before you but i pray that you do.

      • jazzlace

        :roll: what does the bible say about all the human faces on mars

  • Usama

    Jesus was a great prophet came with such great miracles delivered the message of God like all other prophets came before him “moses, Abraham, Lut, Jub , David , Daniel ..”

    • shaji

      You are wrong….But Jesus was/is right and He is the real God. If you want to get the real peace, you can accept Jesus as your saviour and run away from wrong concept.

      • orlario

        Sorry Shaji but if what you pretend is true, there will be 2 gods in heaven then. FAather and son, are you polytheist ? Or simply ignorant about the ONE GOD who created all our universe ..

    • lovesthelord

      Yashuwa aka Jesus was the fulfillment of prophacey and if you study in the whole word it is plain to see they all spoke of JESUS coming. Noone can pay the debt of sin none except the blood of Jesus for all have sined and fallen short.If someone is in great debt to you and they can never repay you you must either take care of it your self or make them pay somehow. Gods son came as a payment to take the wrath intended for us and only by the lords blood will any be saved so that none can boast.Humble yourselves before the Lord and cry out from your heart JESUS WILL hear and save you. If your son with whom you were well pleased gave his life for someone less worthy and that person turned and claimed that their life was saved of thier own works how might this make you feel?

  • NoKafir

    Can human be a god?
    Why Son of God die for human SIN?
    Prophet Adam has no father and mother, did Jesus create him?
    Why so many porn in the bible?
    Why christian like drink wine?

    • orlario

      NoKafir is right .. Why nobody condamn an old prophet for having sex with a 9 years old AICHA after he got married with her at the age of 6 .. Thats weird too.

    • lovesthelord

      NO the creation can not be the creator only God is God and the desire to want to be or play God is why Satan fell and why man struggles as he dose.The answer to your second question you can read above.God created all that is seen and unseen. GODS WORD is tried and true you should read it.There are many things in the history of man and even today more than before that grieve GOD and the HOLY SPIRIT that is why GOD sent us our savior to show us the way.

  • George Parry

    The catholic church like to remind us that jesus died to save mankind. I dont think the Jews would agree with that ! Even today, kids will say to Jews, you killed our Lord, and thats why 6 million Jews died in the gas chambers. Do you think that would have happened if Jesus had not been crusified ? I dont think so ! Died to save mankind !!! Exept for Jews of course.

    • NoKafir

      How human can be a god?
      Did you God have a sex with women?
      Why god has to born with virgin women Mary?
      Why Talmud tell that Isa(Jesus) is magician?
      Why so many porn club in USA and UK?
      There at least 47,000 women are raped every year in the UK or worse at USA?
      UK already has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe. :-o

      • Valarie

        Nokafir, Humans can’t be God and those that are sinners try to be as a God themselves lifting themselves up as if it is all them that allows them to do whatever they want or accomplish their lives go bad because of their actions and belief systems. God did not have sex with women and is not mentioned in the bible he is pure you can’t be pure if there is sex getting in the way of that. Jesus was born of a virgin not God and God wanted it that way because then he would be born of a pure birth with only God’s seed implanted in Mary. Jesus is not a magician he did all his miracles through God, God would grand Jesus the miracle he wanted to perform. Porn clubs are everywhere because the devil wants to get between us and God the more evil he can put in this world the further we get from God unless we repent our sins and turn to Jesus because he is our Lord and savior. Again rape is also part of the devil’s plan all bad things are all done by the devil putting these thoughts in people’s minds that do not believe in God I was raped so I know both guys were on drugs and they both committed great sins before they raped me for years they broke into people’s houses, stole personal property and vehicles, lied, cheated, and everything else the devil loves us to do. Teen pregnancy is also from parents not raising their kids up in church and not studying the bible with their kids raising a strong family will keep sin out of their lives. But at the same time you can’t force your kids to do anything all you can do is have them going to a really good church that really focuses on children and knows it is important to get them believing in God and Jesus. Jesus was sent to save us from sin and the slavery that comes with it he saved us from the slavery of man made religion and gave us freedom to choose wrong from right but if everyone knew wrong from right and the consequences that come with it and chose rather to be peaceful loving people that believe in God and Jesus the world wouldn’t be such a bad place to live in and the devil would be so weak that he couldn’t cause anymore harm against us. But since everyone wants to believe what they want to believe it’s their works that make this world such a bad place. God never intended for the world to be a perfect place either or we would never want to leave it when it came our time to die he wants us to go to heaven and live in peace and know each other as if we had always known them. Living in paradise is something I look forward to every day. Christians did not stone children but rather the ones that crucified Jesus did so they also stoned adults for even the smallest of sins but Jesus walked up to these people that were stoning a woman for adultery and said may he who cast the first stone be without sin they all laid down their stones and ran away and Jesus told the lady go and sin no more. Read the bible and if there are things you do not understand then ask a Baptist pastor go online you can find plenty of them online.

    • orlario

      Georges, Jesus was a jew as you name his own people. He died as a jew and his father ( god if not ither ) was a jew too.. So will you understand that the world is jew from the beginning until the end of our world.
      Next life with Jesus, if that is what you dream off, dont let your lord wait, put an end to your life for him.. He needs you..Carry on Georges ! Die for God !

      • lovesthelord

        You should read the word of GOD and pray so that you may understand. It is told to us that we are not all born of the same blood there is both jew and gential,yes they jew were chosen people that the lord has been with them for once they kept GODs ways and GOD was pleased with them but they fell away thus are in need of our savior as much as any.for you to encourage any one to take thier own life is plain evil and GOD says to those that practice evil evil will not flee from them. The Lord says that if you should over come this world [which can only be done by leaning on him ]than you will be blessed. GOD said that we are made jew in spirit when we are made clean and born agian threw baptism.and we are called to be led by the spirit not by the flesh. Out of all the really stupid ways that you could die there is none more honorable than to die for Jesus doing the good work that he started.

        • orlario

          As far as It is told in the bible, the only one, God NEVER wrote a single word so it is quite HARD to call a book of God when he is only the hero. I cannot believe a crucifiction created by romans can still brainwash so many early-christians who WERE ALL JEWS as you seem to forget, ALL KOSHER !Paul, John, matthew and luke were all jews like the holy spirit was a fiction and Jesus a cruci-fiction. Wake up, pagans!

    • lovesthelord

      The only power that the catholic church has is the power given to it by people so if I were you i would not pay mind to what the catholic church says. Sounds like you should stay away from that place and let the truth in GODS WORD set you free The Lord and his people are still persacuted today by those from every nation and tongue though the lord is slow to anger and is long suffering for us thus he can and will save all of those who come to him jew or gential

  • orlario

    teenage pregnancy ??? Oh my God, ( the only one of course ) Do you mean the prophet who bangued a 9y old girl could have provoked a teenage pregnancy ? Her name was AICHA but the story said she was consentant by faith.. Thats explain why pedophilia was erased from the holy book !

  • lovesthelord

    Everyone needs to understand that we all have the same enemy and that is satan and he plays people agienst each other so that we are not forgiving and praying one for another as is GODs will.The enemy knows his time is short and has his spirits working overtime.Yes in an ultimate display of rebellion agienst GOD satan wants to destroy everything GOD loves but very soon i tell you every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Dont be a pupit for the enemy let GOD set you free you think you are in control but you let mere emotions control you and keep you from the truth. pray GODs will be done

    • orlario

      Satan is indeed the enemy of creation of God but he recieved in hell the man called Jesus during three days and a day in hell is not a weekend, trust me..
      When Jesus rose from hell, what did he do knowing that his `father` had abandonned him to satan. he turned back his face from the only God to become satan`s son. I am sure he will be come back one day or another but all his followers will burn in hell.
      After Adam tentation,job`s story and Jesus death, I dont think God will allow Satan to try another trick

      Repent and pray for your soul, reborn again are fake !

  • Baron Gifilte

    It was the ancient Christian symbol of God,the Swastike,that drew our attention.

    • orlario

      Baron of my balls, ancient christians were jews and the svaztika had nothing to do with our religion but I am sure you can afford an encyclopedo to read about it.

  • Baron Gifilte

    God enscribed the Swastike in tablets of stone.

  • Alexandra

    frumos….

  • Beau

    The bible as a whole is in fact true, many misunderstandings have been brought about by mankind reading only the text that they desire to read. Genesis to Revelations speaks of the kingdom that is to come (the gospel). It didn’t stop with Yeshua (Jesus) He was the pattern and the cornerstone, the scripture points well beyond His crucifixion. There is only one God and every scripture is inspired by God. There is no doubt that the “christian churches” are as lost as any other religion. But remember that the ministries were not just by Paul but all the disciples and they went in different directions. And you can find some of those teachings in other religions as well. James for example took his ministry to India. I read all scripture, Holy Bible, Apocrypha, duetrocanoncals, Psuedipedrgrapha, Gnostics, Dead Sea Scolls, as well as the Qu’ran and such. You can find all the same teachings in the Protastant Bible if you are willing to read it. But you have to be willing to except that there is a spiritual realm as well, that is much more real and important then the one your living in.
    True, you are to seek death, seek to be reborn in spirit, and truth; what is born of Flesh is Flesh and what is born of Spirit is Spirit, to desire the next life, belief in the Kingdom. This doesn’t mean to take you own life; but to give it for mankind.
    Peace be with you Brothers and Sisters.

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