Bones of John the Baptist Have Been Found? The Finders Think So

August 5, 2010

"Salome with the Head of John the baptist", Caravaggio

Bulgaria (ChattahBox) – A new archeological find is already drawing controversy in expert circles, as claims are made that the bones of John the Baptist have been found in Sveti Ivan, AOL News reports.

The small island is named after Saint John the Baptist, the biblical figure most known for his baptism of Jesus of Nazareth, and then for his renouncement of King Herod’s divorce and remarriage, which led to his beheading in 36 A.D.

Excavation leader Professor Kazimir Popkonstantinov believes that the inscription on the small tomb, which mentioned the birth date of John the Baptist and a small explanation of how the relics ended up there, gives an accurate depiction of a monk that transferred part of the body (the cranium, an arm bone and tooth) into the alabaster reliquary.

“Professor Kazimir Popkonstantinov … is a rare and lucky man. It is very seldom that one would find an inscription, and in archaeology the inscription is considered the most authentic proof,” former director of the National History Museum, Bozhidar Dimitrov, said.

But experts have warned the public that, while the desire for a surge in tourism will lead to government support of the claims, further tests are needed before such a claim is verified. They also point out that there have been a number of institutions that say they have parts of the body of the Baptist in their possession.

The remains are going to be placed in Sozopol’s Church of Saint George, where they also claim to have part of the cross that Jesus was crucified on.


Comments

2 Responses to “Bones of John the Baptist Have Been Found? The Finders Think So”

  1. Jack Kilmon on August 14th, 2010 12:06 pm

    In the Byzantine period every church had to have relics of either Jesus or a saint. It became a profitable industry as tons of wood slivers became pieces of the “true cross.” The bones of John the Baptist were the most desired and tons of them exist including the head of the Baptist which is kept in at least 6 locations including the Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome and now in Bulgaria. It is a near certainty that these skull fragments do not belong to John the Baptist. At the time these relics were placed under this altar, thousands of pilgrims were returning to Europe with relics purchased from hawkers on the streets of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem. There are enough thorns from the crown of thorns to cover an acre. The idea was to have an object on which to focus devotion and it matter not if it was genuine.

  2. anna richter on January 4th, 2011 10:50 pm

    they would need to do tests on how old the skull is and rather its a girl or boy to even coming close to no if its the real deal

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