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-Earliest Christian Writings Found in a Jordanian Cave?

by Dr. D ~ March 31st, 2011

Petra's caves

(Image by kyle simourd via Flickr)

A group of 70 or so lead “mini-books” were apparently discovered by Bedouins in a remote valley of northern Jordan sometime between 2005 and 2007.

The small books, or “codices”, appear to be made of cast lead and bound by lead rings with each page or leaf approximately the size of a credit card and each contain images and text written in Ancient Hebrew. See the pictures.

Scholars who have examined the relics believe that they are early Jewish Christian artifacts possibly dating from the period between the crucifixion of Jesus and the early writings of Paul. If so, these writings could do for early Christian studies what the Dead Sea scrolls have done for early Judaism and OT Hebrew Bible scholarship.

The artifacts found in a remote cave in Jordan are now in the possession of a Bedouin who lives in Israel and the Jordanian government is trying to get them back.

Response: The possibilities are exciting. However until scholars are able to procure the relics and subject them to proper testing all of the sensational claims in the various articles about them are just that. Unsubstantiated claims.

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