Skip to comments.Scientists uncover what may be an early image of Christ
Posted on 05/01/2014 1:57:07 PM PDT by NYer
Some intriguing news from the world of archeology:
Spanish archaeologists have discovered what may be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Painted on the walls of a mysterious underground stone structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, about 100 miles south of Cairo, the image shows a young man with curly hair and dressed in a short tunic.
He raises his hand as if making a blessing, said Egyptologist Josep Padró, who has spent over 20 years excavating sites in the area.
In this expedition, he led a team of archaeologists from the University of Barcelona, the Catalan Egyptology Society and the University of Montpellier.
We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ, Padró added.
Oxyrhynchus is known for the worship of the Egyptian god of the afterlife Osiris: indeed the underground structure was located in the middle of a processional route that joins the Nile with the Osireion, the temple dedicated to Osiris.
But the painting is from much later, dating from between the sixth and seventh century A.D.
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When Egypt was Monophysite.
Unless the painter was somebody who actually saw Christ, or had somebody who did guiding his painting, he's no more likely to paint an accurate image then I am.
Very difficult to make out.
Must be true
No one is claiming this is an accurate portrait. It is just historically and archaeologically significant to find an image of Jesus from such an early period.
Doesn’t matter what he looked like.
I’m gonna see Him some where/when so I can wait for the real McCoy.
Michelle Obama? Odumbo?
.... In my
expert opinion .... I usd a copy of the Picture in the article and did a very exhaustive search ..... Procured an 8
Million dollar federal Grant to study and research the subject and after evaluating the data have arrived at the profound conclusion that this Is definitely an image.
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.”
probably St. Mark
How can you even think it’s Jesus?? Ridiculous.
Scientists uncover what may be an early untalented artist’s depiction of Christ.
I'm not sure what you mean. Do I think Jesus looked like that? No, and I'm sure he didn't look the way Michelangelo or Rembrandt depicted him either.
But since they found it in a temple of Osiris, maybe it's a picture of, Osiris...
**We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ, Padró added.**
"Painted on the walls of a mysterious underground stone structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, about 100 miles south of Cairo, the image shows a young man with curly hair and dressed in a short tunic."
“..doesn’t matter what he looked like...
It matters when the secular humanists and certain sects get it wrong and start depicting Jesus in an ethnic group other than semite. The semites are descended from Shem, one of the sons of Noah in Genesis. Jesus was an actual historical Jewish person in his human nature, and when people start to get this wrong they start to come up with errors abotu His Divine Nature as well, and heresies about Jesus’ true nature begin. Jehovah Witnesses claim that Jesus did not rise bodily but spiritually.
Jesus rose from the dead in the same physical body he was incarnated with here on earth.
Luke 24:42-43 And when he had eaten before them, taking the remains, he gave to them.
It becomes easier to get Jesus’ true nature wrong when we lose sight of his actual historical incarnated appearance.
The Shroud of Turn is quite definitive on how Jesus actually looked, and the very earliest icons look like the shroud.
Read “the Shroud of Turn” and “The Blood and the Shroud” by Ian Wilson for further proof.
sorry about typoes
Shroud of Turin
The image on the left looks like Peter Ustinov. On the right... a print of Rosie O’Donnell with artsy camera pastel smudge...$5 dollars at a garage sale!
Since Christianity became the official religion of Rome in the 4th century AD and had to be growing in influence and acceptance before that, I find it difficult to believe that no one attempted some kind of icon or painted image before 600 AD.
So why would this be a remarkable discovery even if the image is of Jesus? Am I missing something—or it this just another archeologist publicly hyping his ‘find’ in the hope of recognition??
I'm sure there were icons or painted images from that time but we no longer have any of them. Significant from a art history or religious history standpoint rather than from a theological one.
Two things, one, this is merely a very early *known* one, and two, given that the Mohammenazis took over in the 7th century makes it somewhat unsurprising that few artistic representations of anyone or anything survived. Islam prohibits the human image (technically speaking, that includes photography; oddly enough, the muzzies love family photography, all the women covered except for their eyes).
In one of the towns covered by Vesuvius in 79 AD (I think probably Herculaneum, because if memory serves, this find was on the second floor, and the survival of the second storey is more usually found there than in Pompeii) in a windowless room a pattern of old nail holes on a wall is evidence that a cross had been mounted there, in a private place of Christian worship in a private home. It’s not known, obviously, if the cross was removed as the family fled, or had been removed when the previous owner moved out.
Same here. The “restored” one on the right looks like that fake bigfoot in a block of ice that traveled around in the 1960s.
Or maybe Harpo
One arm extended stiffly, other arm pulled in making a jazz hand, big epaulettes on the jacket, big necklace, wearing a fedora, big eyes showing excitement (WOO!), and dark hole showing nose missing....
Im pretty sure that that's Michl-Osiris Jacks-Ho-Tep.
It was discovered in an Egyptian tomb.
Lots of Christians in Egypt in those days and the Coptic sect is still around in Egypt
some better info about the Herculaneum cross than my memory could provide:
Thank you for that thoughtful response.
Good one. May I use that? I will not capitalize it, though, as I don’t think they deserve it.