2.000-Year-Old Lead Tablets Contain First Mention Of Jesus : An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait of Jesus Christ have proved to be around 2,000 years old, according to experts. The metal ‘pages’, held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 by an Jordanian Bedouin and make reference to Christ and his disciples.
The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE ANCIENT LEAD TABLETS
The ancient books were found in 2008 in a cave in northern Jordan by a Jordanian Bedouin, after which they are said to have been acquired by an Israeli Bedouin. The lead ‘pages’ – known as codices – are held together like a ring binder.
The pages are thought to be 2,000 years old and are said to contain the earliest mentions of Jesus Christ, including an image. Their discovery was first announced in 2011. They have been branded fakes by a number of scholars.
However, authors David and Jennifer Elkington have been campaigning since 2009 for the codices to be recognised and protected. And what they reveal could be enlightening not only for Christians, but also Jews and Muslims.
The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David. And the God he worshipped was both male and female.
Central to the books is the idea that Christ promoted worship in Solomon’s Temple where the very face of God was believed to be seen – and this is where the episode with the moneylenders in the Bible came from.