Monday, August 16, 2004

Archaeologists have found a cave in Israel where they believe John the Baptist anointed many of his disciples – a huge cistern with 28 steps leading to an underground pool of water. They found when they crawled through a crack and removed rocks covering the entrance.

During an exclusive tour of the cave, archaeologists presented ancient wall carvings they said tell the story of the fiery New Testament preacher, as well as a stone they believe was used for ceremonial foot washing.

They also pulled about 250,000 pottery shards from the cave, the apparent remnants of small water jugs used in baptismal ritual. “John the Baptist, who was just a figure from the Gospels, now comes to life,” said British archaeologist Shimon Gibson, who supervised the dig outside Jerusalem.

Now this one was a radical Christian before 'christian' had been thought of. 'Radical', of course, existed in those days - he was one - so was his mate Jesus. Worth following (up) this Jesus person. Hmmm - could be significant ............

. .... and a bhp