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Oxford Seeks Volunteers to Decipher Mysterious Lost Gospel Texts

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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 06:43 AM
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Oxford Seeks Volunteers to Decipher Mysterious Lost Gospel Texts


[url=http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/187238/20110726/oxyrhynchus-collection-ancient-lives-lost-gospels-armchair-archaeologists.htm]www.ibtimes.com[/ur l]

Oxford University is enlisting the help of "armchair archaeologists" to help unlock the meaning of ancient texts found in Egypt, some of which contain forgotten Biblical episodes or works by master poets.

Scholars have uploaded hundreds of thousands of images of scraps of papyrus known as the Oxyrhynchus collection, after the Egyptian city where they were discovered. People can transcribe the writings, which are in Greek, using character-recognition tools that are included on the website.
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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 06:43 AM
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The fragments of parchment all date from between 500 BC to 1,000 AD and are written in Greek, a testament to the fact that Egypt spent that period under Greek or Roman rule. Researchers on the project have already discovered some gems, including an account of Jesus Christ exorcising demons and lost works by the ancient Greek poet Sappho and dramatists Menander and Sophocles. But much remains to be discovered.


Not exactly my cup of tea, but I am confident there is plenty of people out here who would like to give it a try. More information as well as the tools can be found on their website: ancientlives.org.... Who knows what unknown secrets we've hold in our hands for almost a century will finally be revealed.

[url=http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/187238/20110726/oxyrhynchus-collection-ancient-lives-lost-gospels-armchair-archaeologists.htm]www.ibtimes.com[/ur l]
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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 06:50 AM
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Thanks for the info here. I will definatly dig into this. Exciting and very cool!

Who knows, perhaps these documents could shed some light on many things, perhaps even offer a better view on our lost histories.



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 07:02 AM
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Kinda kills the whole point when the average person doesn't know how to read Hieroglyphics or Ancient Greek!


Still interesting though

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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 07:09 AM
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Actually the interface is quite forgiving. I don't know Greek, Ancient Greek or Egyptian Hieroglyphics ,
I don't know how much I am helping, but its pretty fun actually.



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 07:10 AM
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Kinda like playing, Where's Waldo with letters



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 07:16 AM
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I agree this looks very cool, ive just completed the tutorial for it and the only thing that bothers me is once you have spent the time identifying all the letters in the papyrus theres no translation into english. Not a lot of fun if you cant read ancient greek , Its all work no reward


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posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 08:22 AM
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Time to brush up on your greek!
It's not really as bad as it seems. I took 1 semester of it in college. Very cool stuff.

Always bablefish!



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 08:52 AM
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Wow, I've never saw a program like this before. I'm beyond rusty when it comes to Greek but this will be a nice refreshers course. Thanks for posting.



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 09:40 AM
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Whaaa? Is this real hope of a new text? Instead of the fake lead books



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 09:53 AM
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Do you really think you'd get to read it before it was heavily edited to fit the official "truth" ?



posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by yellowbeard
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Do you really think you'd get to read it before it was heavily edited to fit the official "truth" ?


pfft, please.



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