Europeans “Euphoric” Over the Find of John the Baptist’s Bones

Teresa Neumann (August 9, 2010)

While it can’t be proven 100% that the relics are John the Baptist’s, the archaeologist who made the discovery says "it is important to understand one thing—this is the first time ever in the world archaeological practice that relics of St. John are found together with an inscription which just literally nails the conclusion and leaves no doubts. There are no speculations here.”

Bone of John the Baptist? (Sozopol, Bulgaria)—Sofia News Agency reports that the recently discovered relics of John the Baptist have been laid in state temporarily in St. George Church in Bulgaria. The human bones, found in a sealed marble reliquary in the St. John the Forerunner Church on the island of St. Ivan (Ivan is the Slavic name for John) on July 28, have been cause for great excitement and euphoria in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

Notes the report: "The samples from the reliquary and the bones are still to be tested by specialists have expressed their views that there is no doubt whatsoever that absolutely unique archaeological discovery consists of relics of St. John the Baptist. The greatest argument supporting the thesis that the relics belong to St. John the Baptist is the "clue" found at 1.2 m from the reliquary. It consists of a small box bearing inscriptions that make it clear who and when brought the relics of St. John the Baptist to Sozopol.

"The inscriptions make it clear that a man named Thomas, ‘God’s servant brought a particle of St. John on the 24th.’ Even though some of the end letters are missing, the inscription in Greek makes it clear that the date refers to the birthday of St. John the Baptist, June 24. The use of genitive case in the inscription leaves no doubt that the relics belonged to one of the founders of Christianity."

"It is important to understand one thing—this is the first time ever in the world archaeological practice that relics of St. John are found together with an inscription which just literally nails the conclusion and leaves no doubts. There are no speculations here," said the man who made the unique discovery, archaeologist Prof. Kazimir Popkonstantinov.

"I think that this is the discovery of the year, not just in the Bulgarian archaeology but also in the European archaeology. It is hard to speak of the symbols of early Christianity but Apolonia (i.e. the Greek name of Sozopol) and the St. Ivan Island were one of the earliest places where Christians settled as they were persecuted by the Roman authorities. Their heritage is connected with the entire Christian history," explained the Director of the Burgas Regional History Museum Tsonya Drazheva who is also part of the archaeological team that found the relics of St. John.

 

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8 comments for “Europeans “Euphoric” Over the Find of John the Baptist’s Bones

  1. farouk sakouhi
    August 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    hello
    this farouk sakouhi from the country of tunisia.
    i have high school degree of philosophy from the university of tunis.
    i accomplished 33 credit hours of theological studies in the country of malte.
    i am a christian convert and a member in the chuch of tunis.
    i am willing to make masters in theology on line.
    i will be grateful if you give me the oppotunity to make these studies.
    thank you for every thank.
    sincereley yours.
    farouk

  2. farouk sakouhi
    August 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

    hello
    this is farouk sakouhi from the country of tunisia.
    i have high school degree of philosophy from the university of tunis.
    i accomplished 33 credit hours of theological studies in the country of malte.
    i am a christian convert and a member in the church of tunis.
    i am willing to make masters in theology on line.
    i will be grateful if you give me the opportunity to make these studies.
    thank you for every thing.
    sincereley yours.
    farouk

  3. MONGA KIPANZULA
    October 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    This is exciting
    Is it realy John the baptist?
    I would like to read more about this discovery

  4. marvin whisnant
    April 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

    If in fact it is “john the baptist” man what a find please keep me posted

  5. September 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Sounds great! God can not lie we should believe the authenticity of the scriptures and other source of findings will add to or confirm our belief in His divine revelation in the cannon of scriptures. Archeological discovery should not be the basis for believing the body of written truth.

  6. Oladeji Stephen O
    September 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I think I have little problem believing this because one day this people will come and tell us that they have found the bone of Jesus Christ!!!!!!

  7. falade adebisi timothy
    October 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    this is more than a discovery.i love it so much.i will like it if you can mail me for more discovery.thanks

  8. Erich Holmquist
    January 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hello,
    I am a Christian living in the USA. The finding of this relic should help in silencing critics of Biblical history. It should not, however, aid in establishing our faith and trust in the Bible. We already believe, as Christians, in the authenticity of God’s Word. I don’t believe that a lack of any archeological evidence should have any bearing on our faith in the Scriptures.

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