Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Archaeological Finds of the Apostle Paul

The Vatican just announced several amazing Pauline discoveries. First, archaeologists have uncovered the oldest known image of the Apostle Paul, over 1600 years, uncovered in Roman catacombs. This fresco is was discovered during restoration work on the Catacomb of Saint Thekla.

Second, tradition has long held that the remains of Paul lie beneath the main altar of the Basilica of St. Paul. Several years ago, archaeologists excavated parts of the floor of the basilica and found a large white marble sarcophagus. Recently, archaeologists opened a sarcophagus, believed to hold the remains of of Paul, and they found surviving bone fragments. After doing DNA tests, the Vatican has confirmed that the bones are actually those of the Paul, as the bones date back to the first century.

Whether or not you are skeptical with the claims of these discoveries, you still have to find them somewhat remarkable.

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