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Bones of John The Baptist Possibly
ABCNEWS - June 16, 2012
A team of researchers believe a knuckle bone found buried beneath a
Bulgarian church may belong to John the Baptist, the New Testament
prophet who heralded the ministry of Jesus.
The archaeologists from Oxford University were surprised that the
bones dated from the first century AD, the time of John’s life, and
the DNA was consistent with a person of Near East heritage.
Scientists cautioned that although the bones discovered in a marble
sarcophagus on the remote Black Sea island Sveti Ivan, Bulgarian for
John the Baptist, bare intriguing similarities to those belonging to
the biblical martyr it is impossible to conclusively prove they are
“We were surprised when the radiocarbon dating produced this very
early age. We had suspected that the bones may have been more recent
than this, perhaps from the third or fourth centuries. However, the
result from the metacarpal hand bone is clearly consistent with
someone who lived in the early first century AD,” said Oxford
archaeologist Thomas Higham in a statement.
“Whether that person is John the Baptist is a question that we
cannot yet definitely answer and probably never will,” he said.
When first excavating the site two years ago, Bulgarian researchers
discovered alongside the sarcophagus another small box made from
volcanic ash and bearing an ancient Greek inscription referencing
John and his feast day as well as a personal prayer asking God to
“help your servant Thomas.”
Researchers believe Thomas may have been the person assigned to
transport the relic to the island. They believe the box came from
Cappadocia, a region of modern day Turkey. Bulgarian scientists
believe the bones themselves may have come from the ancient city of
Antioch, where a relic of John’s right hand is believed to have been
kept until the tenth century.
There is some historical evidence, researchers say, to support a
theory that John’s bones were removed from Jerusalem and brought to
Constantinople, called Istanbul today, then the capital of the Roman
Empire in a box resembling the sarcophagus found on Sveti Ivan.
A National Geographic Channel program about the discover premiered
on June 17.
John the Baptist, venerated as a saint in many Christian
denominations, was a New Testament Jewish prophet whom Christians
believe heralded the ministry of his relative Jesus. According to
the Bible he was martyred by decapitation on the orders of King
of "John the Baptist"?