AN ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait of Jesus Christ have proved to be around 2,000 years old, according to experts.
The metal “pages”, held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 and make reference to Christ and his disciples.
The portrait of Jesus. The metal ‘pages’ are held together like a ring binder and were found in Jordan in 2008Credit: David Elkington
The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus’ ministry.
And what they reveal could be enlightening not only for Christians, but also Jews and Muslims – the other ‘Abrahamic faiths’.
The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand year old tradition from the time of King David.
And the God he worshipped was both male and female.