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Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist'
ANANOVA post of BBC Report ^ | Story filed: 23:26 Thursday 1st August 2002 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 08/01/2002 6:52:18 PM PDT by vannrox

Skeleton 'may be John the Baptist'



A professor claims a skeleton discovered near where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found may be the remains of John the Baptist.

He suggests the phrophet who annointed Christ may also have been the leader of the tribe to which the burial ground belonged.

Israeli archaelogists say his theory is far-fetched and that the burial site unearthed is probably that of an 18th century Bedouin man.

US professor Richard Freund at a Centre for Judaic Studies in Connecticut, has been art of an expedition in the Judean Desert.

Professor Freund says there is "circumstantial evidence" the well-preserved skeleton they discovered may be the founder of the Jewish sect called Essenes whose scribes wrote the ancient Hebrew scrolls.

"It is possible that a single person like John the Baptist, a leader in the New Testament, may have been this anonymous mysterious person, the Teacher of Righteousness, mentioned in the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls," he said.

But Magen Broshi, one of the heads of the expedition and an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, dismissed Freund's theory.

"No person in the world believes there is a connection between the two. There is nothing to it. What we have unearthed is most probably a skeleton of a Bedouin man from about two or three hundred years ago," he said.

Mr Broshi said there was too much of a discrepancy in the dates of the John the Baptist who was killed in AD 29 and the sect who lived from 150 BC to AD 68. But Professor Freund says the skeleton was found in an elaborate burial chamber in a prominent position in the Qumran cemetery.

"There is no other burial like this. It is the most elaborate burial one can imagine in a very simple place," he argued.

Story filed: 23:26 Thursday 1st August 2002


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
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Interesting....
1 posted on 08/01/2002 6:52:18 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
hmmmmm... well I would think John the Baptist would have been buried in a traditional Hebrew grave. But I suppose by stuff in the tomb and carbon dating they can pinpoint the date of the skeletal remains.Sounds pretty far fetched that its the Baptist tho.
2 posted on 08/01/2002 6:57:54 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: vannrox
Why not Judge Crater or Jimmy Hoffa?
3 posted on 08/01/2002 7:00:15 PM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: VadeRetro
Remember, John the Baptist, according to the Bible was beheaded. If this skelton has a head, it is not John the Baptist.
4 posted on 08/01/2002 7:08:03 PM PDT by LDReames
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To: vannrox
John The Baptist was beheaded and this skeleton is intact. End of story.
5 posted on 08/01/2002 7:09:52 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vannrox
Is it missing the head? That found its way off the body and onto a platter, IIRC.

PS. Jesus was an Essene, though not a member of the strictly-celibate sect of Essenes that ran Qumran.

6 posted on 08/01/2002 7:23:43 PM PDT by crystalk
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To: STD
bump
7 posted on 08/01/2002 7:26:51 PM PDT by watcher1
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To: VadeRetro
Jimmy Hoffa?

Leave those goalposts alone!

8 posted on 08/01/2002 7:27:59 PM PDT by mhking
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To: crystalk
I always assumed the Templars got ahold of the skull (or they thought they did).
9 posted on 08/01/2002 9:15:18 PM PDT by Gwaihir
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To: VadeRetro
I'm pretty sure it's the Judge. Although Amelia Earhart could have been offcourse.
10 posted on 08/01/2002 9:21:48 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
Too bad it wasn't the most recent 'Rat president - with his husband.
11 posted on 08/02/2002 1:55:31 AM PDT by 11B3
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To: vannrox
Maybe they can do DNA tests.
12 posted on 08/02/2002 3:43:37 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: vannrox; Berosus; ValerieUSA; dervish; Convert from ECUSA; DaveLoneRanger
From 2002.

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