Found: Spain's earliest ever image of Jesus


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One of the world’s earliest representations of Christ has been unearthed in southern Spain by a team of archaeologists, a glass plate which shines new light on the arrival of Christianity in Spain.

The green glass paten, the plate which holds the Holy Eucharist in churches, is the earliest depiction of Jesus found in Spain and is in excellent condition compared to similar pieces discovered around Europe.

“We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to be made out of silver,” Marcelo Castro, head of the Forum MMX excavation project, told The Local.

thelocal.es/20141002/4th-century-glass-plate-of-jesus-unearthed-in-spain-paten


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The beardless Jesus, this may have been touched on before but the part about the silver is new to me.


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I’d love to have that plate. The Franklin Mint should make copies!:stuck_out_tongue:


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“We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to be made out of silver,” Marcelo Castro, head of the Forum MMX excavation project, told The Local.

They assume it’s c. 4th century because it’s made of glass? It could just as well be c. 1970 by that logic.


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The comment was “in part”. I’m sure they have other methods of confirming an approximate date.


#6

If it turns out to be authentic, it would be a wonderful historical artifact.


#7

This is pretty cool. I read about it last night.


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Quoting from the news article:
“We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to be made out of silver,” Marcelo Castro, head of the Forum MMX excavation project, told The Local.

I am not a historian, let alone a historian of Iberia. However, I seem to recall that the Visigoths controlled the Iberian peninsula in the 4th century, and that they embraced Arian Christianity. Because they rejected Nicene Christianity, and had their own church hierarchy, I wonder how much influence directives from the pope would have had?


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They are assigning the 4th century date based on other artifacts found at the site:

Coins and ceramic items found at the site appear to confirm that it coincided with the rule of Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor, who ruled from 306 to 337. Prior to Constantine, Christianity was persecuted and the figure of Christ was presented allegorically, often in the form of a fish.
theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/05/spain-christian-history-challenged-discovery-4th-century-glass-plate


#10

That is AWESOME! :thumbsup: Wow!


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I love archaeology! I just wonder what is still waiting to be unearthed!


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http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77994000/jpg/_77994509_patenadibujo_graphic2.jpg

A reconstruction of images on the plate

bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29480874


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http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77994000/jpg/_77994509_patenadibujo_graphic2.jpg

A reconstruction of images on the plate

bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29480874


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http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77994000/jpg/_77994509_patenadibujo_graphic2.jpg

A reconstruction of images on the plate

bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29480874


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http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77994000/jpg/_77994509_patenadibujo_graphic2.jpg

A reconstruction of images on the plate

bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29480874


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