In 2008, a Bedouin found a set of metal “pages” held together by a ring binder. It was discovered in Jordan and might be the earliest mention of Jesus Christ as it is proved to be about 2,000-years old.
Making the first reference to Jesus Christ is huge. Not only does it prove to scientists and skeptics that Jesus is real, it validates the dates set forth in the Bible and other ancient information.
While the old pieces of metal are interesting in and of themselves, once researchers analyzed the lead, they discovered that the tablets date to within a few years of Jesus’ ministry. Learn more about this amazing find below!
Not only do the dates match, but the inscriptions on the lead “pages” could be extremely valuable to not only Christians but Muslims and Jews as well. After sending the tablets to the right people to translate them, they found that the words do correspond to Jesus’ name.
The tablets claim that Jesus was not founding his own religion. He was simply restoring the thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David. Hence, he was making Judaism great again.
In the tablets, the idea that Jesus worshiped in Solomon’s Temple, where the very face of God was thought to be seen, is central to the information revealed in the ancient texts. This is the same place where the episode with the moneylenders happened in the Bible.
One of these Jordanian tablets resembles the Book of Revelations because it describes that it has seven seals.
These books are called codices. These are bound manuscripts that are distinct from scrolls. Among these tablets, the image of Jesus himself is thought to be found.
Less than a year after these lead pages were found, authors David and Jennifer Elkington have campaigned to have these codices recognized as genuine. But evangelical Christians have branded these true documents as fake.
These first mention of Jesus was found by Hassan Saeda, an Israeli Bedouin, who was given them by his grandfather. Other reports claim he found them in a flood.
The artifacts were found in a remote part of Jordan, where Christian refugees were known to have fled after Jerusalem fell in 70 AD.
“While there may be variations in decay and corrosion that depend upon the environmental conditions in which the objects were stored or hidden, there is a strong underlying theme of decay from within the metal,” said the researchers in a press statement.
“It is oxidising and breaking down at atomic level to revert to its natural state. This is not witnessed in lead objects that are several centuries old and is not possible to produce by artificial acceleration (e.g. through heating). This provides very strong evidence that the objects are of great age, consistent with the studies of the text and designs that suggest an age of around 2000 years.”
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