Face of Jesus on Ancient Metal Book?

The revelation this week of many ancient metal books found in a hidden cave in the Holy Land left us wanting to know more, and today there’s more to talk about. The photo below shows an image of a face on one of the metal plates. Can it be the earliest depictation of Jesus Christ? Do you see wavy hair, or a crown of thorns? Some have.

The Face of Jesus Christ?

The tiny booklet, a little smaller than a modern credit card, is sealed on all sides and has a three-dimensional representation of a human head on both the front and the back. One appears to have a beard and the other is without. Even the maker’s fingerprint can be seen in the lead impression. Beneath both figures is a line of as-yet undeciphered text in an ancient Hebrew script.

Astonishingly, one of the booklets appears to bear the words ‘Saviour of Israel’ – one of the few phrases so far translated.

The owner of the cache is Bedouin trucker Hassan Saida who lives in the Arab village of Umm al-Ghanim, Shibli. He has refused to sell the booklets but two samples were sent to England and Switzerland for testing.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed that the artefacts were originally found in a cave in the village of Saham in Jordan, close to where Israel, Jordan and Syria’s Golan Heights converge – and within three miles of the Israeli spa and hot springs of Hamat Gader, a religious site for thousands of years.

The owner of the cache is Bedouin trucker Hassan Saida who lives in the Arab village of Umm al-Ghanim, Shibli. He has refused to sell the booklets but two samples were sent to England and Switzerland for testing.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed that the artefacts were originally found in a cave in the village of Saham in Jordan, close to where Israel, Jordan and Syria’s Golan Heights converge – and within three miles of the Israeli spa and hot springs of Hamat Gader, a religious site for thousands of years…

The era is of critical importance to Biblical scholars because it encompasses the political, social and religious upheavals that led to the split between Judaism and Christianity.

It ended with the triumph of Christianity over its rivals as the dominant new religion first for dissident Jews and then for Gentiles.

In this context, it is important that while the Dead Sea Scrolls are rolled pieces of parchment or papyrus containing the earliest-known versions of books of the Hebrew Bible and other texts – the traditional Jewish format for written work – these lead discoveries are in book, or codex, form which has long been associated with the rise of Christianity.

The Daily Mail has much more, including a photo of the owner with some of the plates – it is a fascinating article.

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  • This is an interesting find. I remember when I was serving overseas in the late seventies, going to Turin, Italy to see the last public showing of the “Shroud of Turin.” It was amazing. I had some pictures of it, but unfortunately lost them in a storage building fire about ten years ago.

    If you’ll remember, the Shroud is purported to be the cloth that Jesus was buried in.

  • bandit

    It looks like a dog.

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