Does the world’s first known reference to Christ refer to him as a magician? An inscription on a bowl uncovered from the underwater ruins of Alexandria in Egypt reads “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,” which archaeologists translate to mean either “by Christ the magician” or “the magician by Christ.” The bowl dates to between the late second century B.C. and the early first century.
If the word “Christ” does indeed refer to the biblical Jesus Christ, then it would be the first known written reference to Christ and might provide evidence that Christianity and paganism at times intertwined in the ancient world.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Is the Bible based on a true story?
SHOOT: It's a simple question but the answer is less simple. The more important question isn't whether or not Jesus lived, but whether the Bible provides a valid [true] account. The first half of the Bible [Old Testament] was written in Hebrew, over more than half a century, while the New Testament was written in Greek. That the bible was written by hundreds of people in various languages over hundreds of years and polished and edited, its books ordered and re-ordered, casts a lot of doubt over the claim that it is the inspired word of God. Another flaw is the difference between Matthew, Mark and Luke, - and John. John's political agenda gives us valuable insight into the motives of at least one bible scholar.