Biblical archaeological discoveries are generally contentious. One of the newest finds is no exception. Recent tests conducted on some lead tablets discovered in a Jordanian cavern in 2008 make many Christians hopeful and some, a bit doubtful. Why the skepticism? Questionable claims before have caused the public to demand scientific proof and strong evidence.
Many Christians believe the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus, nonetheless radiocarbon evaluations conducted to the Middle Ages in 1988 dated fiber samples in the material –more than a thousand years after Christ. While some people questioned the credibility of the shroud, others challenged the correctness of the testing.
More recently, a tomb discovered in Talpiot, Israel in 1980 was reported to be the grave of his family and Jesus. One of the ten ossuaries found in the grave contained the inscription in Aramaic, Yeshua bar Yosef, “Jesus, son of Joseph.” The controversial claim about the tenth ossuary was debunked by among the archaeologists who oversaw the Talpiot dig.
Now, another contentious claim–this time about those lead tablets discovered in a distant section of Jordan known as a spot of refuge AD. In accordance with the Daily Mail, specialists say the pills are 2,000 years old and comprise possibly the very first written reference of Jesus.