Discovery of ancient coffin may prove Jesus' resting place

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    WASHINGTON: Archaeologists have stumbled upon a coffin bearing engravings inside a first-century Christian tomb in Jerusalem which they believe could prove that the site is the final resting place of Jesus.

    The burial chamber located below a modern condominium building has been dated to before AD 70, so if its engravings are indeed early Christian, they were most likely made by some of Jesus' earliest followers, the excavators said.

    Using a remote-controlled camera connected to a robotic arm, the excavators found that one of the limestone boxes, also known as ossuaries, bears an inscription in Greek that refers to " Divine Jehovah", raising someone up.

    A second ossuary has an image that appears to be a large fish with a stick figure in its mouth. The excavators believe the image represents the story of Jonah, the biblical prophet who was swallowed by a fish or whale and then released.

    A computer-enhanced image of the fish engraving thought to represent the story of the prophet Jonah. Together both the inscription and the image of the fish represent the Christian belief in resurrection from death, LiveScience reported.

    While images of the Jonah story became common on more recent Christian tombs, they do not appear in first-century art, and iconographic images like this on ossuaries are extremely rare, the researchers said.

    "If anyone had claimed to find either a statement about resurrection or a Jonah image in a Jewish tomb of this period I would have said impossible -- until now," James Tabor, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and one of the excavators, said.

    The researchers, who published their findings online in 'The Bible and Interpretation', however, acknowledged that the discovery and their interpretation may become controversial.

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    Jesus is in Heaven, sitting on the right hand of God, ferchrissakes.
     
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    Does that mean the body too must dissappear or could the body be merely a shell which carries all souls, including the divinely enlightened soul of Jesus?
     
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    How does the coffin of an early Christian mean Jesus Christ was buried there? Obviously there was no Christianity at the time of his death. :rolleyes:
     
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    I thought Marry went into the cave and came back and told the world he bodily ascended to haven? Then according to that one person who ever saw that occur..oops i mean the bible he should be in heaven, no?
     
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    Jesus came to Himalayas , did yoga with the yogis and is still living there...:rolleyes:
     
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    Jesus came to Mexico and played dodge ball with the Aztecs and lives in Utah. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think this is some media frenzy gimmick.... nothing more.....
     
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    meh thread closed
     
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