posted on 08/01/2002 6:18:17 PM PDT
posted on 08/01/2002 6:24:08 PM PDT
Interesting...Hope they find out for sure.
It is just as likely to be the body of Jimmy Hoffa.
I don't see any evidence in the article that this is John the Baptist. Unless there's something more (that's not reported here), it apears to me that this is a lot of wishful thinking on the part of one person.
posted on 08/01/2002 6:58:05 PM PDT
by Clara Lou
However, Hanan Eshel, head of the archaeology department at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv and another head of the expedition, dismissed Freund's theory as "nonsense."
"John the Baptist was not part of this group. We don't have a clue who the skeleton buried there belonged to and we won't have," he said.
He said about 900 graves from the time of the Essenes buried in the Qumran cemetery faced north-south. About 50 graves faced east-west and were thought to belong to Muslims buried in cemetery in last couple of hundred years.
"What was found there on Monday is confusing. It is very strange," Eshel said, adding that the process of dating the bones would still take some time.
To summarize: "I have no idea who this guy was, but somehow I'm convinced it isnt the baptist. I cannot explain the evidence, which seems to be in line with the theory that this skeleton comes from the era of the baptist, therefore I discount it. In fact, I have no evidence to support a contrary position at all. However, I will state categorically that it is not the baptist, in fact I will state as fact my opinion that he isnt even an Esene, which I cannot prove either."
Think this guy has an open mind?
To: crypt2k; Orual; aculeus; general_re; MozartLover
posted on 08/01/2002 7:20:40 PM PDT
...imprisoned by King Herod. Died a victim of the vengeance of a jealous woman. Beheaded, and his head brought to her on a platter. Saint Jerome says Herodias kept the head for a long time after, occassionally stabbing the tongue with his dagger. Died beheaded c.30 at Machaerus; buried at Sebaste, Samaria....
posted on 08/01/2002 7:29:56 PM PDT
It could easily be the body of John the Baptist, give or take several billion others who have lived upon this earth.
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