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Italian researchers have discovered what might be the oldest nativity scene ever found — 5,000-year-old rock art that depicts a star in the east, a newborn between parents and two animals.
The scene, painted in reddish-brown ochre, was found on the ceiling of a small cavity in the Egyptian Sahara desert, during an expedition to sites between the Nile valley and the Gilf Kebir Plateau.
It's a very evocative scene which indeed resembles the Christmas nativity. But it predates it by some 3,000 years," geologist Marco Morelli, director of the Museum of Planetary Sciences in Prato, near Florence, Italy, told Seeker.
Morelli found the cave drawing in 2005, but only now his team has decided to reveal the amazing find.
"The discovery has several implications as it raises new questions on the iconography of one of the more powerful Christian symbols," Morelli said.
"It could have been interpreted as a normal depiction of a family, with the baby between the parents, but other details make this drawing unique," Morelli said.
He noted the newborn is drawn slightly above, as if raising to the sky. Such position, with the baby not yet between the parents, would have meant a birth or a pregnancy.
On the upper part is a headless lion, a mythical beast which appears in several rock art drawings from the same area, while below in the scene a baboon or an anthropomorphic monkey can be seen
"parallelomania" – a phenomenon where scholars first notice a supposed similarity and then "proceeds to describe source and derivation as if implying a literary connection flowing in an inevitable or predetermined direction" thus exaggerating the importance of trifling resemblances
originally posted by: infolurker
a reply to: seasonal
Calling THAT a nativity scene is one hell of a stretch. I invite anyone to look at that picture and call that a nativity scene with a straight face.
originally posted by: pheonix358
a reply to: seasonal
You can trace the stories to a much earlier Sumerian belief system.
All religions have done this, it was standard practice for the Christians to take other special days and make it their own.
originally posted by: LABTECH767
muhammad did not walk on water, raise the dead, heal the blind, cure the infirm, caste out devil's again and again
originally posted by: mOjOm
Mohammed wasn't supposed to be "God's Beloved Son" either.
He was just a guy. Jesus was also just a man, but also God incarnate too.
But the fact that Mohammad probably existed isn't a surprise. No more than Joseph Smith actually existed. Or L.Ron Hubbard for that matter.