Christian Today said: “Biblical scholars believe a collection of ancient texts discovered in a Jordanian cave may shed new light on Christianity.”
The London Daily Mail said: “For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price.”
Jordan’s Department of Antiquities spokesman, Ziad al-Saad, was quoted by the BBC, as saying that the find may be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The credit card sized steel books were found in a Jordan cave five years ago. There are 70 books, many are sealed, leading to the belief they may contain secret writings. It is believed they belonged to Christians who fled from Jerusalem after the fall in 70AD.
Experts believe the books could date back to the first decades after Jesus’s crucifixion and Resurrection.
Ziad al-Saad said, “Maybe it will lead to further interpretation and authenticity checks of the material, but the initial information is very encouraging, and it seems that we are looking at a very important and significant discovery, maybe the most important discovery in the history of archaeology.”
Clear references to the Book of Revelation have been unveiled.
According to the detailed report by the Daily Mail, Philip Davies, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Sheffield University, said there was powerful evidence that the books have a Christian origin in plates cast into a picture map of the holy city of Jerusalem.
‘As soon as I saw that, I was dumbstruck,’ he said. ‘That struck me as so obviously a Christian image. There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city.
‘There are walls depicted on other pages of these books too and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem. It is a Christian crucifixion taking place outside the city walls.’
Professor Davies said: ‘The possibility of a Hebrew-Christian origin is certainly suggested by the imagery and, if so, these codices are likely to bring dramatic new light to our understanding of a very significant but so far little understood period of history.’