2,000-year-old lead tablets found in a remote cave are genuine



An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait of Jesus Christ have proved to be around 2,000 years old, according to experts.

The metal ‘pages’, held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 by an Jordanian Bedouin and make reference to Christ and his disciples.

The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry.

And what they reveal could be enlightening not only for Christians, but also Jews and Muslims.

The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David.

And the God he worshipped was both male and female.

Central to the books is the idea that Christ promoted worship in Solomon’s Temple where the very face of God was believed to be seen – and this is where the episode with the moneylenders in the Bible came from.

One of the books bears resemblance to how the Book of Revelations is described as it has seven seals.

The books are known as codices – types of bound manuscripts distinct from scrolls – and among them is an image of Jesus himself.

Authors David and Jennifer Elkington have been campaigning since 2009 for the codices to be recognised and protected but say evangelical Christians are trying to brand them fakes.

They were apparently discovered by Hassan Saeda, an Israeli Bedouin, who according to some reports was given them by his grandfather, and by others that he discovered them in a flood.

The artefacts were found in a remote part of Jordan to which Christian refugees are known to have fled after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD.

David Elkington, 54, of Gloucestershire, says he is now trying to prevent the codices from being sold on the black market.

In 2011 Elkington announced their discovery on BBC News and the world’s press followed it up.

But a number of scholars came forward to brand them fakes, most without ever seeing the codices.

Now tests conducted by Professor Roger Webb and Professor Chris Jeynes at the University of Surrey’s Nodus Laboratory at the Ion Beam Centre, confirm that the tablet is compatible with a comparative sample of ancient Roman lead unearthed from an excavation site in Dorset.

The experts said that the codex they tested ‘does not show the radioactivity arising from polonium that is typically seen in modern lead samples, indicating that the lead of the codex was smelted over one hundred years ago’.


what have we got here then?

They were apparently discovered by Hassan Saeda, an Israeli Bedouin”

israeli bedouin??

“The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry.”

who wrote it?

“The books are known as codices – types of bound manuscripts distinct from scrolls – and among them is an image of Jesus himself.”


~ by seeker401 on December 11, 2016.

10 Responses to “2,000-year-old lead tablets found in a remote cave are genuine”

  1. Hello Seeker.

    I find this quite unlikely.

    If it’s actually contemporary, it’s talking about a religiously inclined Jewish peasant executed by officialdom for sedition. There were actually plenty of those, but only this Jesus gets memorialised on lead pages.

    I’d like to see the error +/- bars on the dating of the lead. Being “around 2000 years old” as the article says, could make it date to somewhere around AD 100 or even later, which is well after the time of Saul/Paul of Tarsus, the guy who really got Christianity going.

    The seven seals thing and the connection with what’s misnamed The Book of Revelation is misleading. There was a whole lot of Book of Revelation styled “liberation theology literature” around at the time, in Palestine and Egypt (and likley elsewhere) where the non-elite population chafed under Roman rule.

    With this lead artifact, we’re probably looking at something done around AD 100-200, possibly by a sect that would nowadays be labled “gnostic”.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts. Anyone is welcome to disagree. Discussion can be a real benefit.

    All the best to all.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  2. “israeli archaeology” = fake

  3. what brand of hole puncher did they used? is it officeworks

  4. Hello XXX and Joel H.

    It may be a very carefully done fake, made in an exceptionally contamination-free lab environment. I’m sure that could be done, and is done.

    But it might be genuine, in that it’s a product of a Gnostic-style Christian sect of, say, the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD. The bit about “Jesus” worshiping a male and female deity suggests this, as Gnostic Christianity had/has a mystic inclination that often saw the very real need to incorporate the feminine aspect of consciousness.

    Anyway, the concept that anyone would know what an individual Mediterranean peasant looked like is absurd. People of that status did not register on anyone’s radar except their own and neighbours, except when doing something unacceptable to the authorities, such as becoming outlaws due to destitution and desperation.

    All the best,

    Andrew Farquharson.

  5. 2000 year old ‘Fake News’ .. why now?

  6. The Mistaken English Letter Called “J” And The Name Jesus

    Now the question is this! What is his exact name? Is it Joshua, Yahshua, Yeshua, Yasha, Yahushua, Yahusha Yahusha’eh, Yashiya, Yahawashi, Yashayahu or Yehoshua?


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