This ancient bowl discovered in the ruins of Alexandria by French archaeologists in 2008 describes Jesus as a â€œmagicianâ€
In 2008, French archaeologists excavating the underwater ruins of Alexandria unearthed an bowl inscribed with a shocking clue to the identity of one of the most famous religious leaders of all time. Put simply, it referred to Jesus as a â€œmagician.â€
Via NBC News:
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 worldâ€™s first known reference to Christ.
If the word â€œChristâ€ refers to the Biblical Jesus Christ, as is speculated, then the discovery may provide evidence that Christianity and paganism at times intertwined in the ancient world.
The bowl, which is dated to the period between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., reads:
Team leader Frank Goddio of the Oxford Center for Maritime Archaeology, said that â€œIt could very well be a reference to Jesus Christ, in that he was once the primary exponent of white magic.â€
The juryâ€™s still out on whether the bowl is actually referring to the Jesus Christ, but thereâ€™s no hiding the fact that even the prophetâ€™s contemporaries compared his abilities to sorcery (Jesus was often accused of using demons to do his bidding).
Similar to the Jewish mystic Elijah (the undisputed patron of Lurianic Kabbalah and rider of fire chariots), Jesus was a wonder-worker who could freely go in and out of Super-Saiyan-mode. After his death, he was often linked with the Roman cult-hero Mithras and the magician Apollonius of Tyana, both pagan figures. Jesusâ€™ â€œmagicalâ€ side certainly wasnâ€™t always unknown to modern thinkers. It wasÂ the 16th century philosopher Giordano Bruno who was one of the first to suggest that Jesus was just an extremely talented mage.
Below, check out a BBC documentary on Gnosticism, the early occult version of Christianity that was stamped out by the authorities.