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Newly Discovered Very Early Image of Jesus?

April 30, 2014

imageThe Huffington Post is reporting, Earliest Jesus Depiction May Have Been Discovered In Ancient Egyptian Tomb:

A team of Catalan archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus in an ancient tomb in Egypt.

The researchers uncovered an underground structure in a series of buried tombs that date to the 6th and 7th centuries. Among the Coptic, or early Christian, images painted on the walls was what lead researcher Josep Padró described as "the figure of a young man, with curly hair, dressed in a short tunic and with his hand raised as if giving a blessing."

"We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ," Padró told La Vanguardia.

Archaeologists believe the tomb belonged to a well-known writer and a family of priests in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, according to The Local.

The researchers removed 45 tons of rock to access the tombs, which are situated among several sites Padró has been excavating for the last 20 years.

The drawing is under lockdown while researchers begin to translate the inscriptions surrounding it.

In 2011, archaeologists working near the Sea of Galilee discovered a 2,000-year-old booklet with what was then thought to be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus. The booklet reportedly bore the inscription ‘Saviour of Israel’ and was found in a cave in Jordan among other ancient artifacts.

There is more at Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus

Categories: Archaeology, History
  1. daveb of wellington nz
    April 30, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Louis mentioned this a few days ago Apr 27, report was from a different web-site. We both noted that subject identity was still speculative – [Archaeologist Padro says “could be… Jesus”, inscriptions still to be translated]. Conceivable it could be a saint [St Mark supposed to have been in Egypt], If it’s meant to be Jesus, it might only be representational, [Augustine said nobody knew what he looked like] Tombs date to 6th-7th century. Mandylion emerged in Edessa ~540AD, earliest known icon of Jesus is Christ Pantocrator, St Catherine’s, Sinai, 6th century. No images of finding available yet. Wait and see.

  2. Louis
    April 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    That’s right, Daveb, as long as we don’t see any image nothing can be said.

  3. Louis
    April 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I have seen the image but no inscription over the Internet, it is a youngish boy with curly hair who seems to be wearing a “bermuda”, not a tunic. How is it known that it is Jesus?

  4. Angel
    May 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    What happened to the 1500-2000 year old Syriac bible, written in Aramaic, that was found in Ankara, Turkey? The Vatican wanted to examine this book that some say may be the Gospel of Barnabas?

    Vatican wants to examine 1500-year-old Bible in Turkey: report
    http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=86221

    A sculpture of Jesus was also found in a village in Turkey, but I cannot find the link again.

    Best,

  5. Louis
    May 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    The peshita is the oldest syriac NT text. The Vatican apparently wanted to examine the book in the link and perhaps acquire it for the library. One must remember that there were many gnostics groups in that region during the period and so the origin maybe traced to them.
    What sculpture are you talking about? Do you mean the mosaic?
    Best.

    • Angel
      May 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I’m not certain if it was the mosaic, Louis. When I found a link to the Syriac bible the first time, the article mentioned a sculpture of Jesus was found in a village in Turkey. I then searched on both google and bing images, but there was no photo of the sculpture. I cannot find that original article, but I saw it today. I’d really like to see a photo of the sculpture and how far back it is dated. I’ll try to locate that particular article.

      Best,

  6. Louis
    May 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Angel, I remember now that I too saw it but didn’t pay much attention as it was 11th century. I f you can locate it, well and good. Nice to see you have flown back to planet earth.
    Best.

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