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Could lead codices prove ‘the major discovery of Christian history’?
Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2011 | By Chris Lehmann

Posted on 03/30/2011 5:36:35 PM PDT by Islander7

British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus' life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.

The codices turned up five years ago in a remote cave in eastern Jordan—a region where early Christian believers may have fled after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. The codices are made up of wirebound individual pages, each roughly the size of a credit card. They contain a number of images and textual allusions to the Messiah, as well as some possible references to the crucifixion and resurrection.

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KEYWORDS: 2006; bible; christianity; codices; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; history; jordan; religion
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David Elkington, an ancient religion scholar who heads the British research team investigating the find, has likewise pronounced this nothing less than "the major discovery of Christian history." Elkington told the Daily Mail that "it is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church."
1 posted on 03/30/2011 5:36:42 PM PDT by Islander7
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 03/30/2011 5:37:22 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

My, my . . . and about as clear as uh, lead. Another Piltdown Man? And if not where’s the Rosetta Stone that allows us to read it?


3 posted on 03/30/2011 5:42:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

There are thousands of folks around who speak, read and write the more common languages of the Middle East in that time ~ Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Persian ~ there’s no need for a Rosetta Stone here.


4 posted on 03/30/2011 5:53:40 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Islander7
...which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus' life.

Yahoo! News panting almost-breathless over the possibility we'll learn something DIFFERENT than saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have already told us.

5 posted on 03/30/2011 5:54:48 PM PDT by HKMk23 (IF THE BUDGET / YOU WANT PASSED / TELL HARRY TO / KISS BOEHNER'S AXE / BURMA SHAVE)
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To: Mach9

If they back up events in the Bible, then they will be determined to HOAXES, but if they show that Jesus had a wife or was gay or a community organizer, that will be enough to PROVE without a shadow of a doubt that it is real.


6 posted on 03/30/2011 5:55:23 PM PDT by BallparkBoys (Rush is the Jack Bauer of American politics)
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To: Islander7

More here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2697013/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2697000/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2696354/posts


7 posted on 03/30/2011 5:56:07 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?)
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To: Islander7

YACEM - yet another CE moron.

It’s Anno Domini, or A.D.

College boys, or, as I like to call them, the Great Brainwashed, need to give up already, put down the university koolaid(tm) and learn the Bible.

At least then they would stop using CE when they realized that if Christianity has not dissappeared in the last 2,000 years it’s probably not a realistic or productive professional goal to set for themselves.


8 posted on 03/30/2011 5:57:27 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Amen, brother. Preach it.


9 posted on 03/30/2011 6:08:11 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: PieterCasparzen

>YACEM - yet another CE moron.

Pray for them.


10 posted on 03/30/2011 6:13:35 PM PDT by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we revolt.)
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To: HKMk23

My thoughts exactly. Even though they maybe new to us, I bet the early Fathers had reasons to leave them out of the Canon.


11 posted on 03/30/2011 6:17:09 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: Mach9

How come archaeologists don’t unearth treasure troves of relics from the beginning of Christianity at times other than Christmas and Easter?


12 posted on 03/30/2011 6:23:32 PM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: perez24

Are you joking? The stuff is constantly being unearthed. If you travel to certain places, you’ll find that there are digs going on all the time; I have seen such in Turkey, Greece and Italy. The news hits at certain times but the work is ongoing.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 6:27:38 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

CE=”Common Era”

As someone else said on another board,

“What was ‘common’ about it?”


14 posted on 03/30/2011 6:32:02 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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15 posted on 03/30/2011 7:08:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Islander7

“it is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”

The early saints wore lead codpieces?


16 posted on 03/30/2011 7:12:56 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Beep!


17 posted on 03/30/2011 7:23:09 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: tet68

Not codpieces but cod ices.

These were the cooling ices worn inside the codpieces.

Well known fact passed along to me in a bar by a great guy named Cliff.

Postman, I believe he was. Smart fellow. Very shrewd. I gave him some money to invest in USPS pension funds. Should be hearing from him any day now.


18 posted on 03/30/2011 7:25:34 PM PDT by lurp
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To: CondorFlight

It’s part of an overall long-range plan by an unbelieving intelligentsia to remove Christian belief from society, as they subscribe to the utterly oversimplified view that religion is the primary cause of war.

In their little fantasy world, they have devised this part of the plan as:

a) start off by using CE as “Christian Era” under the guise of being sensitive to other religions who may have their own calendars; Christians who don’t get the important point that “Lord” has been removed will be happy because the word Christian is included.
b) after a few years, start referring to CE as “Common Era”, sliding further down the slope, proposing that this 1/1/0000 date is just an arbitrary point in time. The word Lord had to be removed to do that. Now, it’s just an origin date for our present commonly used calendar that all nations agree on merely for convenience.

The overall plan includes such other games as multi-culturalism and scraping Biblical inscriptions off of American historical places and objects.


19 posted on 03/30/2011 7:34:25 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: muawiyah

Sorry—what’s shown on the photo’d pages doesn’t appear to be any of those languages; and if the dimensions are credit-card sized, I doubt that many actual words will show up.


20 posted on 03/30/2011 7:46:29 PM PDT by Mach9
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