Archaeologists and geologists and lots of other -ologists seem to be perpetually be on biblical expeditions to find relics such as:

  • Two of anything that took that scenic trek on the Ark,
  • The actual jawbone of that @$$ and,
  • To discover if a “behemoth” is really a great animal or just a truly pesky insect.

Well, the Immaculate Indiana Jones (except he’s French) found the Holy Grail, or some such. A pretty inviolable cup, nonetheless (see the picture).

So, how did he know it had any connection to Jesus Christ. It appears much as I label my lil’ Wall Watchers’ sippy cups, this cup mentioned the Savior, and his propensity to be David Copperfield… for the very first time in recorded A.D. history no less.

A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that is engraved with what they believe could be the world’s first known reference to Christ.

The full engraving on the bowl reads, “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” which has been interpreted by the excavation team to mean either, “by Christ the magician” or, “the magician by Christ.”

What’s next? The Knights Templar show up discussing the Da Vinci Code while juggling chainsaws? On fire? You know, if this was a cyber domicile of pagan focus, I would ruminate in another fashion. But since it’s not, suffice to say, “What?!” Although this is an interesting article with many-a-theory, I’ll recommend one of my own…

These days, depending on who you ask, “Jesus” could be “Gee-sus” or “Hay-zeus”. So, “Christos” is the “Hay-zeus” of antiquity, and this mug was just speaking about some day laborer found on the banks of the Red Sea. There! Now, I feel better.

Now if I can just shake the irony of this story coming out in October – the month of Halloween. But that’s another post all together.

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