Earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem discovered

Earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem discovered

Cebu : Philippines | Mar 01, 2012 at 12:44 AM PST
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Skooter reporting 03/01/12

By using a robotic arm equipped with a remote-controlled camera, investigators have discovered what is known as the earliest evidence of Christian iconography in Jerusalem.

Inside the newly discovered ossuary or a place for the bones of the dead, a Greek inscription was embossed calling on God to “raise up” someone, interpreted as an early reference to the biblical resurrection of Jesus.

Another box made of limestone appears to show the carved image of a fish, which may be an indication to the biblical prophet Jonah. This would be a historical first, as references to the resurrection had not previously been discovered before the 2nd century.

The investigators led by the University of North Carolina scholar James Tabor, and five years ago this is the same team who claimed to have made “The Jesus Discovery.”

The initial investigation of this discovery was ordered closed by the Israeli government due to protest from local religious groups. On the original excavation site, a house was built on top of it. Today it is referred to as the “Patio Tomb,” because a patio literally sits on top of the site. Eventually Tabor and his team were able to receive cooperation from the Israeli government by using the robotic technology to explore underneath the site.

"This inscription has something to do with resurrection of the dead, either of the deceased in the ossuary, or perhaps, given the Jonah image nearby, an expression of faith in Jesus' resurrection," Tabor said, referring to the "raise up" inscription on the ossuary.

Tabor said in a statement that they have now the new archaeological proof, accurately engraved in stone, that can lead them in properly understanding what Jesus’ earliest supporters meant by their faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, with earthly remains, and those of his family, peacefully laid to rest just yards away.

Aside “The Jesus Discovery,” Tabor is also working on a new translation of the Bible, entitled as the Original Bible Project. He play a role to a controversial TV documentary called “the Lost Tomb of Jesus,” which received considerable attention at the time of its release, produced together with Academy Award winning director James Cameron. In fact Skooter has a CD on this documentary film.

One of the skeptics by the name of Ben Witherington, a New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary told MSNBC that the attempt to connect the Patio Tomb to other tombs underneath is a pure assumption unless the tombs were connected.

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