(PHOTOS) Archeologists discover an early image of Christ in Egypt
FREE Catholic Classes
Archaeologists have found what they think may be an early image of Christ in a subterranean room in Egypt. The image dates to the sixth or seventh century AD, and the room served as a tomb for several priests and a young scribe.
FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an underground tomb in Egypt, archaeologists have found what they think is an early image of Christ. A figure painted onto the wall appears to show a man with short, curly hair, wearing a tunic and a hand raised in blessing.
The room, which was purposed as a tomb, held the bodies of several priests and one young man who was likely a scribe. The study of the scribe's remains suggest he was just 17 years old at the time of his death. He was buried with a number of writing implements including pens and a full well of ink.
Shop for mom today. Buy her a gift she'll love!
The site was uncovered by Spanish archaeologists working in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. The archaeologists have declared the fined "exceptional" and believe the site dates to the Coptic period of Egypt.
Archaeologists say there are inscriptions around the figure which when translated may confirm the image of Christ as well as provide other clues to the use of the room or the people who are buried there.
The tomb is about 24 feet long and 12 feet tall, which makes for a sizable room. It may have been used for other purposes before it became a tomb for priests and a scribe.
The town of Oxyrhynchus is known in the world of archaeology for the sheer number of papyrus scrolls found there. The town was a center of academics and learning at a time when Europe to the north was shattered into barbarian kingdoms and Islam had not yet emerged, or barely emerged in the east.
Several temples and tombs have been found in the area which was also an important worship center in the time of ancient Egypt. Elaborate tombs with hieroglyphics and classical Egyptian art are common.
The Egyptian government has said they will protect the site and preserve the early Christian artwork. About 10 percent of the Egyptian population is believed to be Coptic Christian.
'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'
Copyright 2021 - Distributed by Catholic Online
Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.
Saint of the Day for Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
Mysteries of the Rosary
Female / Women Saints
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron Saints A-Z
The Apostles' Creed
Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, June 7
St. Anthony of Padua
- Daily Readings for Thursday, June 08, 2023
- St. William of York: Saint of the Day for Thursday, June 08, 2023
- Prayer to St. Gabriel, for Others: Prayer of the Day for Wednesday, May 10, 2023
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 07, 2023
- St. Willibald: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, June 07, 2023
- Prayer for Travelers: Prayer of the Day for Tuesday, May 09, 2023
Saints & Angels
Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.