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7 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 1:04PM #1
Jupiter6208
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This would be amazing if this is really 2,000 years old.

 news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/201103...
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7 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 10:05PM #2
WannabeTheo
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It sounds like the lead codices are probably some sort of devotional booklets.  If they really are from the first century, it could give a great deal of insight into very early Christianity.  Less so if they are from the third century or later, but as long as they are not fakes, they should tell us something about early Christian practice.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 01, 2011 - 11:46AM #3
teilhard
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"Devotional" Writings ... inscribed on LEAD Sheets ... No ...

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 01, 2011 - 8:13PM #4
WannabeTheo
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Apr 1, 2011 -- 11:46AM, teilhard wrote:


"Devotional" Writings ... inscribed on LEAD Sheets ... No ...





Well, I was basing my conjecture on the line from the article:


... since these codices are miniature, they were likely intended for private, rather than liturgical, use.


I figured they might contain hymns and prayers and such.  The fact that they are made out of lead may be unusual, but lead was used for a lot of things back before we learned about lead poisoning.


But it has since occured to me that these were maybe meant to be buried with the owner.  The lead would stand up to the ravages of the grave, so when the owner is resurrected, his/her little books would be good as new.  Maybe these are a sort of Christian 'Book of the Dead', a guide to the afterlife.  It might explain the references to resurrection and the maps of Jerusalem, like, meet Jesus here after the resurrection.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 01, 2011 - 8:44PM #5
teilhard
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"The Copper Scroll," found among "The Dead Sea Scrolls," would be analogous ...


Obviously, inscribed on METAL would indicate something intended to last a VERY long Time ...

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 10, 2011 - 1:55AM #6
TomeReader
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They could be amulets, a very common practice after the third century of so.


Don't put too much stock into the 2000 year old dating. What's the +/- on that figure?


Until a full critical text is published, and then followed by translation and commentary, we need to maintain a sense of skeptical optimism.


Lynn

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 18, 2011 - 11:28AM #7
WannabeTheo
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Thanks to Dutch777 on the Episcopal board for posting this link:


onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article...


Seems some experts think these are not only fakes, but pretty bad fakes at that.

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7 years ago  ::  Apr 19, 2011 - 1:18PM #8
teilhard
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An especially Dark Aspect of The Dark Side of "The Antiquities Trade" ...

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