Scholars Discover Parts of New Testament 11-23-03 JERUSALEM - A barely legible clue — the name "Simon" carved in Greek letters — beckoned from high up on the weather-beaten facade of an ancient burial monument. Their curiosity piqued, two Jerusalem scholars uncovered six previously invisible lines of inscription: a Gospel verse — Luke 2:25. Archaeological finds confirming biblical narrative or referring to figures from the Bible are rare, and this is believed to be the first discovery of a New Testament verse carved onto an ancient Holy Land shrine, said inscriptions expert Emile Puech, who deciphered the writing. A few Old Testament phrases have been found on monuments, and a passage from Paul's Letter to the Romans (3:13) is laid into a floor mosaic into the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. Jim Strange, a New Testament scholar from the University of South Florida, said the ancients apparently believed chiseling Scripture into monuments debased sacred words. The widespread use of Bible verses on shrines began only around 1,000 A.D., in Europe, said Strange, who was unconnected with the discovery. The inscription declares the 60-foot-high monument is the tomb of Simon, a devout Jew who the Bible says cradled the infant Jesus and recognized him as the Messiah.
Strange said he had little doubt the inscriptions were genuine. If fake, "then it was forged by someone who failed because nobody noticed (the inscriptions)," he said.
Originally posted by Netchicken
The earlier they date the New Testament the more authentic it can be seen to be. The old Islamic lie that it has been corrupted over the centuries is shown for the rubbish it is.
Originally posted by Satyr
Whomever can pass off a hoax on religious groups can control them through foolery. No wonder so many have tried. They're an easy target...so gullible, as long as it's what they want to believe. They'd follow anyone right off the edge of a cliff, if they thought he/she was "holy".