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JESUS AND THE METAL BOOKS
How is everyone this week? I have slowly been getting better and so have a little more energy. But I tend to take advantage of this new development and do more work which exhausts me! Ha ha!
Speaking of new developments, I wanted to write a bit more about the metal tables of last week’s blog.
Even after scientists analyzed the content and came to the conclusion that the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry, and initial metallurgical tests indicate some of the books could date from the first century AD, and people of authority have stated that all “this provides very strong evidence that the objects are of great age, consistent with the studies of the text and designs that suggest an age of around 2000 years,”1 there are still doubters.
And even with the researchers stating to the press, “While there may be variations in decay and corrosion that depend upon the environmental conditions in which the objects were stored or hidden, there is a strong underlying theme of decay from within the metal,”2 so many accredited people have said the codexes are fake.
“Professor Roger Webb of the University of Surrey's Nodus Laboratory from the Ion Beam Center stated, seem to concur with on this point: ‘All charges of fakery and forgery raised by bloggers and some scholars should now be dismissed to allow proper study and preservation of the sites in which these items were discovered. This will provide additional evidence that should enable more accurate dating and better interpretation of the meaning and purpose of the items.’”3
Everything has been questioned. However, David Elkington, a British scholar of ancient religious history and archaeology “…told Christian Today that they had a corrosion expert study the image of Christ on the metal tablet, and without a doubt, it is genuine. He described the image, ‘His face is surrounded by a halo and he appears every inch the Nazarene. The Codex was sealed on all sides and then placed in lead box before being sealed away in the cave in Northern Jordan.’"4
David Elkington asks that with the new test results the tablets be given a fair trial. “Any remaining doubts must now be answered by proper excavation of the site in Jordan and carried out by proper archaeologist with impartial objectives.”5
“The archaeometallurgist and former Director of Antiquities in Amman, Dr. Ziad Al Saad has declared the discovery of the Jordan codexes as one of the most important finds in that country. He said: ‘These manuscripts are a part of Jordan's heritage and global heritage, and we hope to share it soon with the rest of the world.’
“The tablets seem to be gaining some ground in the area of recognition, but you’ll have to wait and see what the researchers next move will be in discovering more about these controversial codexes.”6
Can you imagine that? The picture had to have been sculpted by someone who actually saw our Lord incarnate! How insightful, Perhaps even one of the apostles…
What else will be found? All in God’s timing!
Until next time, God bless and take care!
All pictures are courtesy of David Elkington via the three references below.