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70 Metal Books Found in Cave in Jordan Could Change Our View of Biblical History

70 Metal Books Found in Cave in Jordan Could Change Our View of Biblical History

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Experts speculate that the tablets could be the lost collection of codices referred to in the Bible's Book Of Revelation
Experts speculate that the tablets could be the lost collection of codices referred to in the Bible's Book Of Revelation

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70 metal Books found in cave in Jordan couldchange our view of Biblical history
1319 Views From:http://www.cosmostv.org/2011/03/seventy-metal-books-found-in-cave-in.html Written By COSMOS TV ONLINE on Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 6:00 PM
Hidden meaning: Scrolls, tablets and other artifacts, including an incense bowl, werealso found at the same site as the tablets
 For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price.This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could unlock someof the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity.Academics are divided as to their authenticity but say that if verified, they could prove aspivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.On pages not much bigger than a credit card, are images, symbols and words that appear torefer to the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculatethey are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bibles Book Of Revelation.
 
The books were discovered five years ago in a cave in a remote part of Jordan to whichChristian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. Importantdocuments from the same period have previously been found there.Initial metallurgical tests indicate that some of the books could date from the first cen turyAD.
Revelation: Experts speculate that the tablets could be the lost collection of codices referred to in the Bible's Book Of Revelation
 This estimate is based on the form of corrosion which has taken place, which experts believewould be impossible to achieve artificially.If the dating is verified, the books would be among the earliest Christian documents,predating the writings of St Paul.The prospect that they could contain contemporary accounts of the final years of Jesuss lifehas excited scholars  although their enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that experts havepreviously been fooled by sophisticated fakes.David Elkington, a British scholar of ancient religious history and archeology, and one of thefew to have examined the books, says they could be the major discovery of Christianhistory.It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held bythe early saints of the Church, he said.But the mysteries between their ancient pages are not the books only riddle. Today, their
 
whereabouts are also something of a mystery. After their discovery by a Jordanian Bedouin,the hoard was subsequently acquired by an Israeli Bedouin, who is said to have illegallysmuggled them across the border into Israel, where they remain.
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ines of inquiry: The metal tablets could change our understanding of the Bible
 However, the Jordanian Government is now working at the highest levels to repatriate andsafeguard the collection. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of biblical studies at SheffieldUniversity, said there was powerful evidence that the books have a Christian origin in platescast into a picture map of the holy city of Jerusalem.

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It's almost two years later... Any progress on the translations or discoveries?
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Here is a link on youtube about the books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB2GqX...
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