Biblical Artifacts and Legends: Searching the World for Them
Shroud of Turin
One tangible artifact of the Holy Bible is the Shroud of Turin, which is in fact, believed to be a burial shroud from the first century and is also believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus. The cloth, which is 14 feet in length contains an image which appears to be a man. Scientific evidence indicates that some of the stains on it are blood. Also, the image has wound marks (stains) that appear to belong to a man who was crucified.
The shroud received its name from Turin, Italy, where it has been kept since 1578. Other evidence that points towards its authenticity is the discovery of pollen on its fibers that indicated it had been in Israel at one time. In addition, a seam in the cloth was dated and the results show it to be over 1,300 years old.
Even though at the Lord's Last Supper, the Bible says that Jesus drank from a cup, nowhere is a Holy Grail mentioned. Even the description of the vessel varies throughout history, with some believing it was made from stone, others describing it as wooden, while some claim it was metal. The Grail was said to have supernatural powers that bestowed eternal youth and happiness. Supposedly, myth has it that the Holy Grail was brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea. After its arrival there, legend has it that it was sought after by knights, and in particular, the Knights Templar, who possibly located it and hid it where it was never found again.
Ark of the Covenant
According to the Christian Bible's Book of Exodus, The Ark of the Covenant, which is also known as the Ark of the Testimony, contains the stone tablets that the Ten Commandments were written on. According to some interpretations of the Bible this chest may also contain the first Torah scroll written by Moses, Aaron's rod, and a jar of manna. It states in Exodus that the Ark was built by Moses, using commands to him from God.
The Ark was stated to be a 2 ½ x 1½ cubit, rectangular wooden chest with its lid being the mercy seat. It was also said to have Cherubims of glory facing one another with wings outstretched, and the Ark was covered with pure gold and had a gold crown. This had to be an amazing sight.
After the Jewish return from Babylonian captivity, the Ark is not mentioned again in the Old Testament. The Apocrypha, which is a collection of documents that are not included in the Bible, and whose authenticity is questioned, states that Jeremiah hid the Ark in a cave in Mt. Nebo before Babylonia was invaded and that it would not be revealed until God desired it to be.
These are only three of many artifacts that were mentioned in the Bible, or in some legend, such as that of the Holy Grail. These are believed by some to still exist.
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