Seventy Metal Books That Could Change Our View Of The Bible

Photo: Einarspetz (CC)

Photo: Einarspetz (CC)

A new way to rewrite history: find another version already written. A discovery to rival the Dead Sea Scrolls has seventy metal books found in a cave in Jordan. These books may give a new perspective to the days of Christianity. Via Daily India:

The discovery of seventy ancient metal books in a cave in Jordan is said to have the possibilities of unlocking some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity.

The tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, have left academics divided over their authenticity, but they say that if they are verified, they could prove as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.

The pages are not much bigger than a credit card, and on them are images, symbols and words that appear to refer to the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation.

[Continues at Daily India]

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  • DeepCough

    Hah: you cannot kill the Gospel of The Metal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

      I’m sure fire will do the trick

  • DeepCough

    Hah: you cannot kill the Gospel of The Metal.

  • MrPINKi

    Wow, cant wait to hear what they decipher from it. That is if it doesnt get destroyed by the bedoin

  • MrPINKi

    Wow, cant wait to hear what they decipher from it. That is if it doesnt get destroyed by the bedoin

  • KewGardensNYC

    Rather interesting stuff. The first issue is the ownership of these codices. Obviously, they belong to Jordan, but then again, so do the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    Secondly, they need to be conserved and properly recorded. Without this one really doesn’t know what is there. But the fact that they exist and appear to be real, may indicate that other documents are still around, waiting to be found.

    • Synapse

      Not certain I understand what stretch of the imagination you used to say that the dead sea scrolls “obviously” belong to Jordan. Aside from the fact that no one should OWN valuble archeological discoveries, except arguably the groups they come from if they are still around, it goes like this. They’re made by Jews, found by bedouins in the north of the dead sea (on the side that would belong to Israel), sold to christians, brought to lebanon, analyzed in america, then moved back to Israel. Jordan doesn’t factor into that one.

  • KewGardensNYC

    Rather interesting stuff. The first issue is the ownership of these codices. Obviously, they belong to Jordan, but then again, so do the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    Secondly, they need to be conserved and properly recorded. Without this one really doesn’t know what is there. But the fact that they exist and appear to be real, may indicate that other documents are still around, waiting to be found.

  • Malkiyahu

    2 Esdras 14:37-48: “As I had been commanded, I took the five men, and we went to the field and stayed there. On the next day I suddenly heard a voice saying, ‘Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I am giving you.’ So I opened my mouth, and I was handed a cup full of a fiery-colored liquid, which I took and drank. When I had drunk it, my mind overflowed with understanding, and wisdom increased within me as my memory became perfect. I began to speak and went on talking without stopping. God Most High also gave wisdom to the five men with me, and they took turns writing down what I said. They used an alphabet that they had not known before, and worked for forty days, writing in the daytime and eating at night. I spoke all day long, and I was not silent even at night. During the forty days, ninety-four books were written. At the end of the forty days, God Most High said to me, ‘You are now to make public the first twenty-four books that you wrote, so that everyone, whether they are worthy or not, may read them. But THE LAST SEVENTY BOOKS that you wrote are to be held back and to be given only to those who are wise among your people, because these books contain a flood of understanding, a fountain of wisdom, and a river of knowledge.’ Then I did as I was told.”

    Trippy stuff?

    • yozatoz

      204 books, according to the King James version, but still seventy left…

  • Malkiyahu

    2 Esdras 14:37-48: “As I had been commanded, I took the five men, and we went to the field and stayed there. On the next day I suddenly heard a voice saying, ‘Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I am giving you.’ So I opened my mouth, and I was handed a cup full of a fiery-colored liquid, which I took and drank. When I had drunk it, my mind overflowed with understanding, and wisdom increased within me as my memory became perfect. I began to speak and went on talking without stopping. God Most High also gave wisdom to the five men with me, and they took turns writing down what I said. They used an alphabet that they had not known before, and worked for forty days, writing in the daytime and eating at night. I spoke all day long, and I was not silent even at night. During the forty days, ninety-four books were written. At the end of the forty days, God Most High said to me, ‘You are now to make public the first twenty-four books that you wrote, so that everyone, whether they are worthy or not, may read them. But THE LAST SEVENTY BOOKS that you wrote are to be held back and to be given only to those who are wise among your people, because these books contain a flood of understanding, a fountain of wisdom, and a river of knowledge.’ Then I did as I was told.”

    Trippy stuff?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Siragusa/682282532 Mark Siragusa

    I’m sure fire will do the trick

  • yozatoz

    204 books, according to the King James version, but still seventy left…

  • Tuna Ghost

    “If the dating were verified, the books would be among the earliest Christian documents, predating the writings of St Paul.”

    In other news, Vatican officials were seen wiping foreheads and adjusting collars uncomfortably

  • Tuna Ghost

    “If the dating were verified, the books would be among the earliest Christian documents, predating the writings of St Paul.”

    In other news, Vatican officials were seen wiping foreheads and adjusting collars uncomfortably

  • Mr. Jacob Leisler

    Why bother speculating before carbon dating is completed? There have been people who have strived to pull apart Christianity since its inception, so until this potential source is authenticated, such a story is meaningless sensationalism disseminated by rag papers for empty heads.

    • Tuna Ghost

      It’s true to say that we have to wait for the books to be dated and authenticated, but even the potential discovery of new works by the early church is still cause for excitement. I’m not sure what your “pull apart Christianity” comment has to do with anything, to be honest.

  • Mr. Jacob Leisler

    Why bother speculating before carbon dating is completed? There have been people who have strived to pull apart Christianity since its inception, so until this potential source is authenticated, such a story is meaningless sensationalism disseminated by rag papers for empty heads.

  • ablortez

    Sorry, but this is a total non-story… Is there a picture of these mystery books? Hellooo Golden Mormon Tablets… They don’t list a single name in the whole article; Not the guy who found it, owns, it, the team that is researching it… and wtf is up with the other guy’s story that the books have been in his family for a hundred years… Your all getting PAWNED… by a PAWN shop owner!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but this is a total non-story… Is there a picture of these mystery books? Hellooo Golden Mormon Tablets… They don’t list a single name in the whole article; Not the guy who found it, owns, it, the team that is researching it… and wtf is up with the other guy’s story that the books have been in his family for a hundred years… Your all getting PAWNED… by a PAWN shop owner!

  • ArgosyJones

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1371290/70-metal-books-Jordan-cave-change-view-Biblical-history.html

    India times is a copy-paste operation. The original article above has some interesting photos. Nothing earth-shattering, though.

    “many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation”

    Something tells me the author is a creative interpreter of interviewees.

  • ArgosyJones

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1371290/70-metal-books-Jordan-cave-change-view-Biblical-history.html

    India times is a copy-paste operation. The original article above has some interesting photos. Nothing earth-shattering, though.

    “many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation”

    Something tells me the author is a creative interpreter of interviewees.

  • Synapse

    Not certain I understand what stretch of the imagination you used to say that the dead sea scrolls “obviously” belong to Jordan. Aside from the fact that no one should OWN valuble archeological discoveries, except arguably the groups they come from if they are still around, it goes like this. They’re made by Jews, found by bedouins in the north of the dead sea (on the side that would belong to Israel), sold to christians, brought to lebanon, analyzed in america, then moved back to Israel. Jordan doesn’t factor into that one.

  • Teller

    Clearly this is an artifact produced by time-traveling agents who have gone back in time to insert this metallic book in place to alter history. Essentially our entire history (the only one we’ve been able to evaluate) which we know is an altered time-line. Didn’t I read an article on her recently about the possibility of sending messages back in time?..

  • Teller

    Clearly this is an artifact produced by time-traveling agents who have gone back in time to insert this metallic book in place to alter history. Essentially our entire history (the only one we’ve been able to evaluate) which we know is an altered time-line. Didn’t I read an article on her recently about the possibility of sending messages back in time?..

  • Malkiyahu
  • Tuna Ghost

    It’s true to say that we have to wait for the books to be dated and authenticated, but even the potential discovery of new works by the early church is still cause for excitement. I’m not sure what your “pull apart Christianity” comment has to do with anything, to be honest.

  • http://twitter.com/GardenOfChaos Allison H

    Bla bla bla, the bible is still bullshit. They’re just fairy tales and mysticism just like Qabala

  • http://twitter.com/GardenOfChaos Allison H

    Bla bla bla, the bible is still bullshit. They’re just fairy tales and mysticism just like Qabala

  • Rheokhu

    …And they’re debunked, just that quickly.

    Jim Davila over at http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/ reports that he’s had the few pages that have been photographed translated by Oxford University’s Peter Thoremann. Thornemann reports that the Greek inscriptions are a meaningless word salad that could only have been copied by someone who couldn’t read the language. He even cites the museum piece from which the cover text was copied, a tombstone that has been on display in Amman, Jordan for fifty years.

    In hindsight, it should have been a red flag that the person in possession of these books went to the media before letting scholars have a look at them.

  • Anonymous

    …And they’re debunked, just that quickly.

    Jim Davila over at http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/ reports that he’s had the few pages that have been photographed translated by Oxford University’s Peter Thoremann. Thornemann reports that the Greek inscriptions are a meaningless word salad that could only have been copied by someone who couldn’t read the language. He even cites the musuem piece from which the copy was made. It’s a tombstone dating back to the the distant 20th century, making these books a modern forgery.

    In hindsight, it should have been a red flag that the person in possession of these books went to the media before letting scholars have a look at them.

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