The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Major Achaeological Find

You might have heard that five years ago there was a significant archaeological find in a cave in a remote area of Jordan. Like the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this most recent find just might lead to some major insights into first-century Judaism and early Christianity.

The find consists of 70 very small "books", each about the size of a credit card and made of metal. Scientists estimate that they date to the time of Christ. The evidence seem to indicate that they are Christian in origin. They were found in an area to which first-century Christian refugees fled after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and the book-like format was commonly used by Christians of that era. Examination of some of the metal plates also seems to show images relating to the Messiah, as well as the Crucifixion and Resurrection. At the moment these ancient metal plates are in the possession of an individual, a Bedouin in Israel, who apparently smuggled them illegally across the Jordanian border. The Jordanian authorities want them back so they can be safeguarded and studied. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Here's a video of a related news story:

To read more on this story, click here: Major Archaeological Find in Jordan

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