2000-year-old scroll containing the 'first reference to Jesus' is authenticated

2000-year-old scroll containing the 'first reference to Jesus' is authenticated

The scroll was found in a cave

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Experts have confirmed that an ancient set of scrolls believed to contain the first reference to Jesus and his disciples are genuine.

Known as the Jordan codices, they were discovered in 2008 by an Israeli Bedouin in a Jordanian cave.

The lead tablets are said to be 2000 years old and include a portrait of Jesus Christ which has been authenticated by experts.

The pages, which are held together like a ring binder, also contain words and symbols about Christianity and Judaism, experts say.

Scholars say the language used is Paleo-Hebrew, and, according to the Mirror, it suggests Jesus was both a man and a woman.

It refers to Jesus by name, and also names the apostles James, Peter and John.

Many academics and Christians had previously claimed the tablets are fake, but tests show it has similarities to a sample of ancient Roman lead.