Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Earliest Picture of Jesus?
"The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns.
The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artefacts.
If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him."
Read more from today's fascinating Daily Mail article here:
Read an earlier caution from a scholar of early Christianity re too much hype: http://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/more-on-the-lead-codices/