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Death Certificate Found on the Shroud of Turin

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Death Certificate Found on the Shroud

Death Certificate Found on the Shroud

Death Certificate Found on the Shroud of Turin

If this is the truth, it is another amazing breakthrough on the Quest for the Historical Yahshua the Nazorean.

There is new research on the Shroud of Turin, the sheet that held the crucified body of Messiah.  This piece of linen has been perhaps the most controversial cloth of all time, with the Roman Catholic Church claiming its authenticity as scholars and non-religious lurkers find any way they possibly can to prove the shroud a forgery.  There’s not space or time to get into the controversy here, but suffice it to say that, having watched all these things closely for many years, there has been no proof that it is not exactly what the RCC says it is.

The Article is here: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/bible-news/2010/jesus-death-certificate.htm

But now there may be proof of the Shroud’s authenticity. In the first century, a crucified person bound for a tomb was wrapped in a shroud.  The corpse’s identity and destination was written on a piece of cloth (the death certificate) and glued to the shroud, usually on the face. Dr. Barbara Frale, a Vatican scientist, has discovered the bleeding over of the ink from the death certificate onto the shroud – enough so to not only reconstruct the death certificate itself, but also to ‘prove’ that this was not an inscription forged years later.

Here is Dr. Frale’s reconstruction of the Shroud’s occupant’s death certificate:

“In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius (30 AD) Yahshua the Nazorean, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year.”

The reconstruction is from the three languages written on the death certificate, the ink of which bled over into the Shroud.  The three languages?  Latin, Hebrew, and Greek.

So what ‘proves’ this not to be a medieval addition to the Shroud?

He is not referred to as CHRIST, but as “The Nazorean.”

And isn’t the Quest for the Nazorean the subject of all my mails to you?

Related: The Bone Box of James, the Bones of Peter, and the Shroud Pope says bones in Vatican basilica are those of St Paul

The Truth of Islam

Last Sabbath the Convocation featured “Ed,” the founder of The Truth of Islam ministry on the web at http://thetruthofislam.com/.  Ed’s ministry site is very easy to navigate – and that’s important for those who want a quick overview.  You can go there now and see that much of his ministry is made up of “webisodes,” audio-visual presentations of 10 minutes each or less, filmed in the Middle East.  Obviously, the focus of the ministry is teaching the truth to Muslims, and we received a thorough and entertaining presentation on the strange holy book of Islam, the Quran (Koran to some of you oldsters).  The presentations are not judgmental nor are they overtly Evangelical.  They simply take the hot-button issues of (especially) young Muslims and explain them from a logical, biblical perspective.  (After all, these youth are planning their future in accordance with a book that is full of hatred and lost, dynastic dreams.)

Ed receives thousands of emails from all over the Muslim world, but the majority are from Indonesia and Malaysia.  Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims, 200 million is a very conservative estimate.  The presentation and training we received was timely in that we as a nation have again endured recent terrorist attacks in the name of “Allah Akbar.” For those of you who still believe that Allah and Yahweh are the same, and that we worship the same deity as that of the Arabs, http://thetruthofislam.com/ is a great place for you to quickly learn why this is not the case.

“Ed” (not his real name for obvious reasons) may be contacted through his site, and is available for programs and seminars.

Joseph Coins of Egypt Rediscovered

Another incredible archaeological find, this one yet tentative, is the discovery of Egyptian coins with the name and face of Joseph of Genesis 39 fame, the guy of the “technicolor dream coat” who was, according to the Scripture, the ruler of Egypt under a Pharaoh. Historians are ever using the Genesis 39 story to disprove the historical validity of the Scripture, saying there was never any such person as Joseph in the annals of Egyptian kings.  If these coins are what they are claimed to be, we will not only find a monotheistic ruler of Egypt who is well attested in the Scripture, but we will be able to say for sure that Joseph and his father Jacob ruled during the years of the only known monotheistic sovereignty of ancient Egypt – that of Pharaoh Akenaten (i.e. Amenhotep IV, 1350 BC).

The Article is here: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/bible-news/2008-famous-archaeological-finds/joseph-coins.htm

If true, this is a spectacular find and would change the entire religious and demographic history of Egypt, especially knowing, as we do, that Pharaoh Akenaten’s fingerprints are in the Psalms – he wrote the prototype for Psalms 104 four hundred years before King David later embellished it.

Related: The Question of Psalm 104: Was It Really Written by Pharaoh?

New Audios:  Dead Sea Scrolls: Teacher of Righteousness: Autobiographical Sections

Community Rule – an excerpt of the rule including the Teacher’s autobiographic stuff  < 20 min    text stream download

Hodayot Col. 8 – an autobiographical psalm compared to the Unrighteous Steward < 10 min stream download

Shabbat shalom,

Jackson Snyder



November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The Most Ancient Bible: The Shapira Manuscript. A Hoax?

Greetings, chevarim & achim:

The Shapira Strips: Hoax?

The last few weeks I have been working with a text known only as The Shapira Manuscript or Shapira Strips – perhaps the earliest digest of Torah portions known to humankind, pre-dating the Dead Sea Scrolls by 600 years or more.  Audio & Manuscript is posted here.

Shapira Sketch Featuring Paleo-Hebrew

This manuscript, like the Scrolls, has a unique story behind it, worth reading at least in this abstract by the late John Marco Allegro:

In the late 1880s, Jerusalem shop-keeper Moshe Wilhelm Shapira arrived in England with several strips of parchment. Shapira claimed that these fragments were found in the Dead Sea area and were part of an early version of the book of Deuteronomy. Experts who examined the strips called them forgeries, saying that the manuscript could not have survived in the Dead Sea climate. Disgraced and dishonored, Shapira left England and soon after committed suicide. Ironically, scholars in recent years have come to believe that Shapira’s manuscript was not a hoax – and may actually have been a portion of the oldest Bible in the world.

J. M. Allegro goes on to describe his book on the subject:

This (speaking of his book) is the true story of a 19th century mystery and controversy which resulted in discrediting what may have been one of the most important archaeological findings of all time.

The book is The Shapira Affair: The Mystery of a nineteenth-century discovery of a Dead Sea Manuscript: a forgery of the oldest Bible in the world? If you like short mystery stories and ancient texts, The Shapira Affair is as good as any fiction – but the book is hard to find, since Allegro, who was (of course) a leading figure and the only Protestant on the original Dead Sea Scrolls team, published it in 1965 (his life itself stranger than fiction).  I found one on ebay; was it luck or destiny?

Here is the link to the translation and audio: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/shapira/shapira-manuscript.htm

Allegro posits that the ‘scholars’ of the nineteenth century who ruled Shapira’s Torah manuscript a forgery did so on account of anti-Semitism as much as anything else, seeing Shapira as a Jew who converted to Anglicanism for the purpose of plying his forged antiques rather than for the sake of religion.  They judged his discovery as much by their prejudice as by any material evidence written upon the ancient black leather.  Indeed, the vitriol of these scholars drove Shapira to his desperate act, the leather “forgery” having taken on his name (thus his name became synonymous with forgery).  The ancient artifact itself was sold in a public auction and soon after disappeared.

Some Things You Should Know About the Shapira

If you’ve gotten this far with me, let me mention a few circumstances and characteristics of the Shapira before directing you to where you can read or listen to it.

  • It was found about the same time and same place as the famous Mesha Stele (Moabite Stone), which is firmly dated to 830 BC.
  • It is written in the characters of Paleo-Hebrew / Phoenician.
  • The text on the strips was copied and translated before the item itself disappeared.
  • Unlike the book of Deuteronomy, this account is first person with Moshe (Moses) speaking to the Israelites.
  • Moshe references locations in the locale of where the manuscript was (supposedly) found.
  • The sacred name Yahweh is used twice – at the beginning and end of Moshe’s speech.
  • The primary title of the Lawgiver is Elohim Eloheinu.
  • It contains a very different set of Ten Commandments.
  • The story does not stick with the canonical sequence of events, but weaves Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy into a seamless fabric of history.

Now the question becomes, which is earliest?  The material on the Shapira Manuscript or the canonical Pentateuch?

What Do I Think?

My thought is that if the Shapira Manuscript actually dates to the same time as the Mesha Stele, ie 830 BC, then it must of necessity come first, since it is something of an established fact that the canonical Pentateuch came into its final redaction in Babylon or Assyria during one ‘Captivity’ or another.

So if you are interested in this stuff, I took Allegro’s translation (which came from drawings on paper dating to before the actual manuscript disappeared), compared it with the Hebrew, added the citations of the canonical scripture throughout, and recorded it too; for, in hearing it, one can tell just exactly how the mishmash of bible bits and pieces fit together into a very succinct, first person speech, perhaps originally from the mouth of Moshe himself.

Here is the link to the translation and audio: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/shapira/shapira-manuscript.htm

Let me know how you are doing on the Nazorean way!

In the Scripture,

Jackson Snyder


Roots & Branches: New Time: Roots & Branches Vero Beach will be meeting this week for a short Erev (Friday 13) service now at 7 PM (not 7:30 as before).  Then we will take up the subject of this mailing on the Sabbath (Saturday 14th) at 2 PM.  Both events will be in the River Room at Tabernacles Ministries, Vero Beach.  For directions, go to www.nevy.us or reply to this mail.  The Erev Service will be special, since we officially formed on the last Friday the 13th.

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November 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment