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Monday, August 22, 2011

More on the Jewish Christian Lead Codices

The Jordan Times reports that preliminary tests on the Jewish Christian lead codices that I wrote about in an earlier blog seem to be authentic. There was a major campaign to discredit their authenticity but it would seem that the last word on these discoveries has not been spoken yet.

In an article in the Jordan Times by Taylor Luck (originally appearing in June) was posted on the Jordan Times website on August 21 2011 it states: "Preliminary lab results indicate that a collection of metal books unearthed in northern Jordan may indeed represent the earliest Christian texts ever discovered, according to experts.

According to the Department of Antiquities (DoA), initial carbon tests to determine the authenticity of lead-sealed metal books billed as the greatest find in biblical archaeology since the Dead Sea scrolls have been “encouraging”.

“We really believe that we have evidence from this analysis to prove that these materials are authentic,” DoA Director Ziad Saad told The Jordan Times.

The tests, carried out at the Royal Scientific Society labs, indicate that the texts may date back to the early first century AD, at a time when Christians took refuge from persecution on the east bank of the Jordan River.

The codices, which were retrieved by Jordanian security services from the black market last month, are believed to be part of a greater cache of 70 lead-sealed books allegedly uncovered in Jordan and smuggled across the River Jordan into Israel.

The majority of the texts are currently in the possession of Hassan Saeda, an Israeli bedouin farmer who claims that the books, which may tell of the last days of Jesus Christ, were uncovered by his shepherd grandfather some 90 years ago.

Jordanian authorities, however, believe the codices were unearthed four years ago in a cave near the northern village of Sarhan and are property of the Hashemite Kingdom.

The texts made international headlines in March when Jordanian authorities and British author David Elkington announced their existence in a bid to prevent Saeda from selling the cache to a private collector and to launch a campaign to repatriate the books.

Efforts to repatriate the texts from Israel are pending the final results of the carbon dating, currently being carried out at the University of New Mexico, the Getty Conservation Institute and Sheffield University."

The Date Palm from the Codices
Those who seem to have an agenda to claim that these codices are fake mainly use the argument that some of the images are similar to other images that we have in museums. For example they show a date palm from the codices and then one from a Jordanian museum. However the date palm is an extremely important symbol in Jewish mysticism and so fits with theories that the codices are connected to Simeon bar Yochai and with a mystical form of either Judaism or Jewish Christianity. How many ways does one expect a date palm to be represented and if it is similar to an ancient one on a coin in a museum surely that just goes to demonstrate it may come from the same time period as well. The stars on this image are also similar to ones on coins from the reign of Augustus which doesn't mean they are fakes or forgeries but that they come from a time period close to the reign of Augustus. This Star appeared in the reign of Augustus Ceasar and heralded the coming of the Messiah as a Star out of Jacob. Rabbi Akiba and many other Jews associated this Star(Kokhba)with Bar Kosiba who became known as the Messiah bar Kokhba. The Jewish Christian of course associated this star with the Star of Bethlehem that heralded the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)and used it on the codices to proclaim the true Messiah.
Date Palm on a coin in a museum from the time of Bar Kokhba.

Also that the face of Jesus on the codices is similar to images of Apollo fits with the fact that most of the earliest Roman and Greek images of Jesus show him as a clean shaven Apollo-like youth (usually with red hair) very similar to some of the images of Apollo. This is to demonstrate that Jesus (or the Messiah/Tzadik) is the true Sun of Righteousness and the Apollo legends are a pagan preparation for this true Divine Sun. An apollo-like image of Jesus as the good shepherd

Those who are trying to prove that the codices are fakes refer to a copper codex that mentions Abgar also known as Eision and dismiss it as a fake because on a tomb in Jordan is also found the name Abgar also known as Eision son of Monoathos. However the legend of King Abgar a suffering King of Edessa connected with the burial cloths and a letter of Jesus would seem to demonstrate that these codices were connected to the secrets of a Jewish Christian group of mystics. They then conclude that because one of the lead codices has a palm tree similar to this copper (bronze) codex with the name Abgar on it- that this makes the lead one a fake. For myself I do not think they have proved that the bronze/copper codex is a fake but it would seem that this group of Jewish Christian mystics are connected to the Jewish Christian Abgar Dynasty of Edessa. We know that the Kings of this dynasty used the name of Abgar or Manu with another name such as King Abgar XI Fahrat son of Ma'nu. The Monoathos mentioned above may be King Manu VI Athos bar Abgar of Edessa. The name Eision may be the Syriac Ezad. It would seem that the Abgar Royal family went into Exile to Madaba around 91 AD until 109 AD where Abgar Eision (Ezad)'s son Selaman (Solomon)died in 108 AD. Abgar VII bar Ezad was King of Edessa from 109 AD until 116 AD. That this Greek phrase is mirrored would allude to the mirror image found of the image of Jesus on the cloths associated with Jesus. The palms allude to the Righteous man (Tzadik/ Tam) as a date palm and the date palm is associated with the Tree of Life and the Menorah.

That much of the writing on the codices is a form of paleo-Hebrew fits with this period in the first half of the second century when the Bar Kokhba Jews used paleo-Hebrew and when Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai of Zohar fame flourished. One of Bar Yochai famous saying is "So great is the power of repentance that a man who has been during his lifetime very wicked ["rasha' gamur"], if he repent toward the end, is considered a perfectly righteous man". This perfectly righteous man refers to the term Tam (tum/tom)and on the codices is found the phrase Elek ba Tum (I will walk in uprightness)from Proverbs. The concept of the Tam (the simple righteous man)is found throughout the Zohar and later this became an important concept in Hasidism. They also dismiss much of the Paleo-Hebrew script on the codices because they can't understand them but we know that the mystical traditions were often written cryptically and in code so that only the adepts of this wisdom knew what was referred to.