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November 17, 2011

Jordan tries to recover religious relics taken by Israeli bedouin

Posted at 1:54 pm in Similar cases

Some books, that may possibly form the earliest surviving Christian religious texts were found in a Jordanian cave, but were smuggled out of the country soon after their discovery. Jordan is now trying to secure their return.

BBC News

29 March 2011 Last updated at 06:30
Jordan battles to regain ‘priceless’ Christian relics
By Robert Pigott BBC News religious affairs correspondent

They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born.

A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007.
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