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Priceless Christian relics found The most important Archaeological discovery ever

Updated on October 8, 2014

Lead Book or Codices

The greatest discovery of Christianity

In a remote Cavern in Northern Jordan, a Bedouin man who had noticed that the cave had been hit by a flash flood discovered two exposed niches in the wall. Leaning down he scrapped away the dirt of two thousand years and made the most exciting discovery in the history of the Bible.

The treasures that began to emerge, could change our whole understanding of how Christianity began, and tell us how Jesus was crucified and resurrected. These Priceless Christian relics are probably the most important Archaeological discovery ever made.

The finds that are being referred to as 'books' consist of 70 lead Codices, wrapped in layers of 5 to 15 lead leaves and are bound by lead rings. It is believed that they were first uncovered between 2005 and 2007.

One of the most remarkable things about the find is that they have markings on the niches in the cave which consist of a Menorah or candlestick which is a religious symbol of the ancient Jewish religion.

The Cavern in Jordan Where The Treasure's Were Found.

Intrigue and denial

Like many other finds before them, they are surrounded by intrigue and denial. The Jordanian government believe that they were smuggled into Israel possibly by another Bedouin. The man claims that he wasn't a smuggler and had in fact been in possession of the finds for over a hundred years, saying that they had been passed down through his family. Jordan is trying to get the finds returned to them saying that they have jurisdiction over them. At this time there is no explanation of how they got into the hands of an Israeli Bedouin.

Hugely Important

Ziad al-Saad who is the director of the Department of Antiquities in Jordan believes that the books may well have been made just a few years after the Crucifixion. He also believes that they will eventually be proved to be much more important and have greater significance than the Dead Sea Scrolls. Unlike the Scrolls, they believe that the books are in order, compared to other finds ranging across different times and areas. The excitement is palpable. There is a quiet but excited belief that these books will be the most significant find ever.

So what's all the fuss about?

So let's take a look at exactly what the finds mean. First of all we have the Codices or books which are cast in lead. Lead rings were then placed around them to keep them closed.

Then comes the fascinating stuff. The leaves are about the size of a credit card and contain ancient writing in Hebrew. Which would be interesting in itself, but then they realised that a lot of the writing was in code. Now, the one difference that stands out is the fact that scholars believe they belonged to the first Christians and not just Jewish. What this actually means is instead of them being made by the local population and maybe possible witnesses to Jesus and his life, they were actually designed and held by probably the very first Saints of the Christian Church itself.

David Elkington a scholar of ancient religious archaeology, is one of the first people to see the books. He is part of a British team who is helping to get the books into a Jordanian museum. He is very excited to think that he has touched the books held by these first Holy men of the Church.

Ancient Hebrew Text

The main evidence of Christian origin

The images that decorate the pages and covers of the books are what the scholars believe are proof of it being the origin of Christianity. What they show are both images of Jesus and the presence of God. These would be the signs that early Christians would know what to look out for.

On one of the book covers, there is a symbol of a Menorah or candlestick as we know it today. This representation was forbidden to the Jews as it was such a holy symbol that it would have only been portrayed within the holiest part of the temple given over to God.

Walls of Jerusalem


In other words it is writing about the coming of the Messiah. The actual interpretation means that the Messiah is coming to ask God for permission or legitimacy. But this is not the only proof. Philip Davies a professor of Old Testament studies at Sheffield university England believes that some of the plates as they are called show pictures of Jerusalem. In fact one in particular is very clear.

There is a cross in the foreground of the picture, and behind it can be seen the tomb of Jesus.This is a small building open at the front, and behind it can be seen the walls of the city. On many other of the plates or pages are pictures that are also taken to be the walls of Jerusalem.

But the most compelling and telling proof of all is the picture of the Cross. This is in the shape of a capital T. Exactly the same as the original Roman cross would be. In other words, this picture or book, hidden away in a cave nearly two thousand years ago, shows a Roman crucifixion outside the walls of Jerusalem!

Bound by Lead rings

More Proof

There are quite a few pointers that prove these amazing relics are of original Christian origin compared to Jewish writing. One of these is the fact that the finds are in the form of books and not scrolls. The way they were made was typical of Christian methods passed on down the ages. Jewish writing was mainly printed onto scrolls and parchment. But the biggest give away is the way that the books are sealed. With the rings covering and binding them. Christians were they only people to start this tradition.

Through historical books and the Bible itself, scholars can be certain that these books do fit into the historical context. For example, on two occasions groups of refugees escaping from the troubles in Jerusalem at that time, fled east and crossed Jordan near Jericho. In fact they were exactly within the same area as where these books were found.

Also the book of Revelation states that such sealed texts were prevalent at the time. One of the most amazing things, is the text that has been found on one of the pages. Bringing to life the words '"I shall walk uprightly". This piece of writing that is speaking to us from two thousand years ago, brings forth a voice that is also heard within the Bible itself. In the book of Revelation!

Is this the words that tell of Jesus resurrection? Or maybe it is just a common term from that time. Either way, at last we can hear the words talking to us, down through the ages. We can check and recheck the words from the Bible and place them side by side amongst this great find. What a exciting discovery.

Secrets to be told

To walk into a cave and find such treasures. To know the word that you read was written by a hand close to Jesus two thousand years ago, and to hear the words slowly opening up before us. What a fantastic archaeological find. I do believe that we have only found a few of the marvelous relics that are still hidden within that monumental and most religious part of the world. I believe that Christianity is always evolving. It is not stagnant. Every little drop of information, every word on a page brings closer the real Word of God. Amazing.


Update: 11th April It seems that the whole find may well be fake. Some scientists believe that the writing could not possibly be from the first Century. Others are still arguing that it is real. I will post the outcome when the books have been studied further.

 Source photos by David Elkington


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      6 years ago

      Here is were you can find out more..

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, kitty, sorry it took me so long to answer, I love archaeology, and this is great if it proves to be genuine, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Wow, that is an amazing find...i wonder how i hadn't heard of it until now? beautifully written too, Nell. I would be really interested to see what the writings are translated to mean...absolutely remarkable. And you're right about Christianity, it seems to always be evolving...which is a wonderful thing! Voted up!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Charles, seems that you may well have been right! I will keep you posted.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Erin, I love this sort of stuff, I am an archaeologic nut! lol anything they find I love, it just fascinates me to think that these were written so long ago, it just makes it more real, thanks as always, nell

    • Erin LeFey profile image

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Nell, what an interesting article! I'm sure it will be up for scrutiny as with all relics and finds, but for believers, it matters not much at all. I find it fascinating that they used lead -you did a wonderful job researching and presenting this article! The pictures are outstanding. Voted up! Congratulations on the 100!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, highvoltage, ha ha I love the new word, thanks! I am going to remember it, and drive my family mad with it!

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      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      The main thing is you did a bang up job on this fact in honor of this fact I will even make up a new word!(I can do that being a highvoltagewriter).The new word is did a fabtabulistic job in reporting this subject! Now, YOU might have beat me to the punch and yet I CREATED A NEW WORD! So THERE!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, schoolgirl, thanks for reading it, it is exciting isn't it? can't wait to see what they say! cheers nell

      Hi, Highvoltagewriter, it may well be a hoax, but I don't think so, I think they have carbon dated it, this find has been kept quiet for about three years, so I take they know it is real by now, hope so! lol as for beating you to it, you should have seen the speed I kept up, running to my pc, grabbing a cuppa tea on the way! and then throwing people out of the way and telling them to be quiet while I keyed it in! ha ha so I don't think you could have beaten me! hee hee

    • Highvoltagewriter profile image

      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Yep, very exciting and controversial find which MAY become the most important find...OR another hoak! Great hub! I myself was going to do a hub on this so I did a search and found you beat me to the punch! Great job as always!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image


      7 years ago

      very interesting and uplifting, I'd like to know more! What the books say would be very nice. The book of revelation is very interesting also, I've read that.


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Charles, I have no idea who he is, I just reported what I saw and read, maybe it is a completely different man? with the same name? it does happen, thanks nell

      Hi, prasetio, nice to see you, thanks as always for reading it, cheers nell

    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so beautiful. Thanks for share this with us. I never knew about this before. Rated up!


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      Charles of North Devon 

      7 years ago

      This person David Elkington. He was born Paul David Elkington. Went to a State secondary school then on to a art collage in Bath but got kick out, as far as i know he

      does not have any such qualifcation in the subject mentioned. so how can he claim that he is Scholar of Religious Archaeology. I have known this person for many years and now l think he is nothing but a conn man who think he can out smart anyone.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Alicia, thanks for reading it, it is amazing how these artifacts have survived all these years, hopefully they will bring more insight into how the Bible was written and exactly what happened at the time, exciting stuff!

      Hi, Charles thanks for reading it, so you knew the photographer? thats really interesting thank you, cheers nell

      Hi, Christopher, thank you so much, I am glad you liked it, I grabbed it quick when I saw it on TV! I love this sort of stuff, cheers nell

      Hi, Freya, nice to see you, I am glad you enjoyed it, cheers nell

      Hi, tebo, that's strange, maybe it will be in the papers later on this week, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

      Hi, Fossillady, it's great isn't it? I believe they are genuine as they have been carbon dated I believe, thanks as always nell

    • Fossillady profile image


      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Amazing and useful is really exciting to read about...there will always be the no don't care

    • tebo profile image


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting. You are right up to date with the latest news. It doesn't seem to have come out over here yet in NZ or I haven't noticed.

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      That is great discovery. I hope more can be found. Great job, Nell, like always. ^^

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thanks Nell for that fascinating piece of news. I think your article deserves wider circulation, so I will be passing on the link.

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      Charles of Hornchurch. Essex 

      7 years ago

      I have this person who call's himself David Elkington.

      In fact his real name is Paul David Elkington has known

      during his school years at a secondary state school.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a fascinating discovery! It offers us a way to step back in time. I love discovering new things about the past. Now that I’ve read your hub I’ll be on the look out for more news about the discovery. Thanks for the information.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, glad you liked it, get me on this subject and I can't get back off! lol thanks as always nell

      Hi, Ruby, it was on the English news yesterday, so I scrambled madly over to my computer and wrote it down! lol thanks for reading it, cheers nell

      Hi, Teylina, thanks for stopping by, I know what you mean about the shape of the cross, its funny how over the years things get changed from the original to what we now see as the standard shaped cross. I believe that all history is a bit like what we used to call as children 'Chinese whispers' as the legends and tales come down the ages, little bits get lost or changed, that's why I believe it is so good to think we can find these objects to bring it all back to how it should be, thanks so much nell

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      7 years ago

      Now I know who to look to when I've missed the news too much! Great read! The news is mostly bad stuff, but I like to keep up--missed this, and it's a fascinating subject. I'm awed at your words: great article so soon. Always interested in anything along this subject, really appreciate your comment that true Christianity "is not stagnant." Well put. I've spent a good deal of time researching the true shape of the instrument on which Jesus was hung--having learned some time back the Romans did not use the standard "small letter t" we think of now. Curiously(word???), I just bought an old book for the layman: The Dead Sea Scrolls (don't remember author/book upstairs)--and been reading (it's really cool). Now YOU just seemed to come along at exactly the right time for me! Thanks so much!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Cangetthere, thanks for reading it, I am glad you enjoyed it, nell

      Hi, Chatkath, it was lucky I spotted it on TV! I couldn't get to the pc quick enough! lol thanks

      Hi, Tina,Hows the snow? ha ha have you dug your way out yet? thanks for reading this, I love this sort of subject, take care nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is amazing Nell, just to think of something two thousand years old being found today. You would think it would be on the news. Thank you for sharing. Your hubs are always so interesting.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Nell, how interesting! What a lovely presentation of a fantastic find!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Jangaplanet, thanks I am glad you liked it, and thanks for the vote, I love this sort of thing, it fascinates me too, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Polly, I know, how ridiculous is that? I do know sometimes people do hoax things, but they will be spotted quite early on, the last things that were genuine I think, were the Gnostic Gospels, fascinating subject, thanks as always nell

      Hi, Chris, the discovery was found a couple of years ago, but only released yesterday, I grabbed it quick! lol thanks again

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, thanks for reading it, I saw it on TV last night and couldn't wait to get it down! lol I love this sort of thing, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Eiddwen, I know what you mean, I have learnt more on here than anytime before, I love it! thanks again

      Thanks Spirit, I really appreciate it, I am so glad you liked it

      Hi, Randy, nice to see you, I am glad you enjoyed it, thanks

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Nell, well done. I too have not heard of this. Thank you for doing all the research and work to put this very interesting hub together.


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Will, it is interesting isn't it? can't wait to see the arguments over who owns it too! lol thanks

      Hi, Shalini, I know what you mean, something that seems so distantly past suddenly comes back to life, amazing!

      Hi, CMHypno, you are totally right there, it was because of the discovery of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene that started all of the Dan Brown saga! thanks again

      Hi, Hello hello, exactly! I totally agree, if the Catholic Church get hold of them we will never know what is on them! lol thanks again

    • Chatkath profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Very interesting Nell - And what a find! I am glad you shared, otherwise I probably would not have heard about it - Not for quite some time, I don't always watch news. Good Job.

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      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow you have interesting news.This is the first I have heard about such a find.Great hub I enjoyed reading it.Thankyou

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      A James Di Rodi 

      7 years ago

      Hi Nell Rose,

      Great article, I only gave it a beautiful vote because just like ChrisLincoln who just commented above me there should be a fascinating button for this one...

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      7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      There is no 'fascinating' button, or I'd have clicked on it multiple times.

      Like a few other comments, I had never heard of this. Great hub


    • Pollyannalana profile image


      7 years ago from US

      Wow this is an exciting find, I had heard nothing about it. The last one they found I think they discredited like someone thousands of years ago is going to be sitting around chiseling out a fictional novel. Geeeee

      Great hub.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Nell, this is very awesome. I never knew about the discovery until now. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful!

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      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Nell. I don't watch the news anymore (too much bad stuff) so thanks for sharing this with me.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      A very interesting read made more so by your captivating writing style. Thank you for sharing this important news. Voted up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub . So well informed and very interesting.I think that I learn something new every day here on HP through reading many peoples hubs and researching for my own.

      I learnt a lot from this one Nell so thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care


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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that was some great information from hyou Nell. However, I bet if there a contraversion to the teaching at the moment we will never know.

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Nell, I was reading an article about this in the paper this morning, and it looks like there could be some fascinating information in the books about early Christianity. Also, it wouldn't be a good archaeological find unless there was controversy involved - cue the next Dan Brown type novel! Great hub as always!

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      Shalini Kagal 

      7 years ago from India

      Hi Nell - this is incredible! And so well presented. Amazing how events of so long ago can spring to life with one discovery!

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


      Thank you, Nell, for bringing this to our attention!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, it is exciting, I love anything to do with Archaeology, and if it is connected with the Bible that's even better! thanks again, nell

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      An exciting discovery indeed! It will be most interesting to see what the little books reveal.If the indications are correct this could be phenomenal. Hot off the press news Nell, Thank you!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I couldn't get it down quick enough! lol

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      That's what I was wondering about - if this was something that I should have already heard about or not. Nice job on something that you obviously put together very quickly!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Wesman, thanks for being the first to read it, the story was only released today on the news! I couldn't stop watching it! it was amazing, cheers nell

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very Interesting!!!


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