Thursday, March 31, 2011

Metal books found in a cave in Jordan could answer questions about the first Jewish Christians

(This is an opinion article with regard to recent news associated with Biblical Archaeology ONLY)
(New Post on reputed first portrait of Jesus HERE)

UPDATED: April 2: 1PM - It appears that examples of these plates were made public, although low key, in 2007. There seems to be a lot of suspicion surrounding this find. One thing we must remember is if ancient Biblical texts are found they could be worth a pretty penny, if these same texts are found with illustrations pertaining to the Jewish community, i.e menorahs ect.., then they are worth 10, 20 times more. Plus the illustrations shown on these plates from the 2007 release are of objects located in the Holy of Holies in the Temple, that was forbidden.

UPDATED 2: April 3: 3PM - More information has been released, as well as more photos of the find. The photo to the left appears to be an illustration of Christ Yeshua. My own personal analysis of a photograph of a plate released in 2007 shows the writing to be from the 1st century. The metallurgical tests show the composition of the lead to be from the 1st century. A piece of leather was Carbon-14 tested and show a likewise age, from the 1st century. BUT: at the end of the day this could still be nothing but a fake. We will keep our faith in Christ Yeshua, stand still and let GOD be GOD, then go from there.

Original Article

70 lead/metal books found in a Jordanian cave by an Israeli Bedouin, that appear to contain illustrations associated with early Christians, could shed light into the beginnings of Christianity, which was entirely Jewish Christianity.
Then again it could be yet another hoax perpetrated by unscrupulous antiquities dealers from the region.
Some are relating the sealed nature of the books to scripture found in Revelation 5.

Revelation 5

1. And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3. And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

We need to be careful here because obviously the books were opened by the scholars who examined them, NOT CHRIST, and considering that the Apostle John actually ascended to Heaven, so the books he spoke of were in Heaven not in a cave in Jordan.

We need to look at something Jesus said in Matthew 10 about secret knowledge, or the appearance of secret knowledge, revealed by Christ Yeshua to his 12 Apostles.

Matthew 10
24. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

We need to read the scripture above within its context. Christ said "27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."

That is very telling and points toward the likelihood that Christ revealed something secret to his choice Apostles. But he did tell his Apostles to "TELL" the secret.

We must also remember that at the beginning of Matthew 10 Christ Yeshua "GAVE THEM POWER", "them" of course are his Apostles.

Matthew 10
1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
7. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
So we can conclude that Yeshua likely, not for certain, gave his Apostles secret knowledge that he did not reveal to the world at large. Now, we should be very skeptical simply because of the ramifications of this find.
If real, IF, then it appears that these ancient books may be of a Jewish Christian origin.

Found in a cave in Jordan, these metal tablets could possibly change, or enhance, our understanding of the Bible. The pages are about the same size as a credit card and have images, symbols, and words that seem to refer to the Messiah and even the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The Guardian
If these books actually date to the first century AD, during the TIME of Christ, then this could be by far the most exciting Biblical Archaeological discovery of all time, even more so than the Dead Sea Scrolls. But this may turn out to be a complete FAKE. I do find it interesting that around the same time, 2005, when these books were actually discovered, the Israeli Antiquities Authority arrested and then prosecuted Oded Golan, the man who apparently discovered the James Ossuary. Now we have scholars under threat, as one scholar from great Briton was shot at shortly after she examined photographs of the books and she is apparently receiving constant death threats.

As we know an Israeli judge has NOT released his verdict in the Golan case. On the surface, and considering the testimony by numerous scholars, the James Ossuary may in fact be deemed authentic. That in itself would provide historical proof, to some not all, that Christ Yeshua existed historically. People who accept Yeshua do not need "historical" proof of his existence but some do.

Now with this find we have TWO potential archaeological finds that would confirm that Christ Yeshua existed and both finds, if proven to be real, are certainly of Jewish origin. The Bible says that the Jews will return to their King before or during the end times, and with more and more Jews realizing that Yeshua DID NOT come to destroy the Torah the stage is set for a Christ movement within the Jewish community that will have no rival.

So if these "coded" books, apparently written in an archaic form of Hebrew, actually reveals a secret so be It, if these books repeat the highlights of the Gospels, then so be it, if these books totally dispute what is found in the New Testament, then so be it; our faith in Yeshua will not waiver no matter the outcome.

1 comment:

  1. Such finds are exciting. However inscriptions on tombs at Dominus Flevit, the Acts of Pilate (referenced in Justin Martyr and Tertullian) as well as mention by Tacitus, Thallus, Phlegon (as quoted in Philopon's Olympiads)and the Babylonian Sanhedron all make the likelihood of Jesus being a historical person rather undisputable for all but skeptical loons like Freke, Grandy and Zindler. Additionally the claim by paphrologists that the Rawlings manuscript of Matthew dates prior to 50 AD and the claim that Jesus is referenced in the 7Q5 manuscript at Dead Sea should not be so lightly dismissed as previously thought. Additionally Josephus' mention Of Jesus as the brother of James and the controversial Testimonium Flavianum (scoffed at because a Pharisee would not likely have endorsed his Messianic claims but now seeming to have been a quote from a previous manuscript) should provide additional problems for the skeptic.