Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle


Rome | An Italian expert studying a first-century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ.

The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.

Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort, analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic archive vaults.

Perrucci was already very excited when he noticed that the author of the text was the famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was completely stunned when he realized the nature of the content.

Professor Ignazio Perrucci found the text in the archives of the Vatican, while searching among a bundle of personnal letters and other trivial documents dating from the Roman era.

Professor Perrucci found the text in the archives of the Vatican while searching amongst a bundle of personal letters and other trivial documents dating from the Roman era.

The text as a whole is a narrative of the author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical style of four sheets of parchment.

Velleius describes many different episodes taking place during his trip, like a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit to a temple in Melitta (modern-day Mdina, in Malta).

The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern-day Nablus, in the West Bank).

The author first describes the arrival of a great leader in the town with a group of disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighboring villages to gather around them.

According to Velleius, that great man’s name was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua Notzri.

Upon entering the town, Jesus would have visited the house of a woman named Elisheba, who had just given birth to a stillborn child.

Jesus picked up the dead child and uttered a prayer in Aramaic to the heavens, which unfortunately the author describes as immensus, meaning incomprehensible.

To the crowd’s surprise and amazement,  the baby came back to life almost immediately, crying and squirming like a healthy newborn.


Marcus Velleius Paterculus being a Roman officer of Campanian origins, he seems to perceive Jesus Christ as a great doctor and mystic, without associating him in any way to the Jewish concept of Messiah.

Marcus Velleius Paterculus, being a Roman officer of Campanian origins, seems to perceive Jesus Christ as a great doctor and miracle man, without associating him in any way to the Jewish concept of Messiah.

Many tests and analysis have been realized over the last weeks to determine the authenticity of the manuscript.

The composition of the parchment and ink, the literary style and handwriting have all been carefully scrutinized and were considered to be entirely legitimate.

The dating analysis also revealed that the sheepskin parchment on which the text is written does indeed date from the 1st century of this era, more precisely from between 20-45 AD.

This new text from an author known for his reliability brings a brand new perspective on the life of the historical character that is Jesus of Nazareth.

It comes to confirm the Gospels on the facts that he was known for accomplishing miracles and that his sheer presence in a town was enough to attract crowds of people.

A complete and official translation of the document should be made available online in many different languages over the next few weeks, but the impact of the discovery is already felt in the scientific community.

Many scholars have already saluted the finding as one of the greatest breakthrough ever realized in the study of the historical life of Jesus, while others have expressed doubts about the conclusions of Professor Perrucci and demand for more tests to be performed by other scientific institutions before drawing any conclusions.

10 Comments on "Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle"

  1. it dont make sense…the almighty god is supposed to be who decides who dies and when we all die…if this is so why would his so called son be walking around and giving life back to those his supposed father (GOD) has already decided should die……just wondering….

    • Bible Reader | October 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm |

      If you’d read the bible, the Son & the Father are ONE.

    • It was for the purpose of revealing God’s glory. Only He can give life and He can choose when to take it away. This was likely meant to emphasize that Jesus and God are one.

    • It’s similar to the idea that God metes out both justice and mercy. Justice is the rule, but mercy can be extended just because it pleases God to do so. In a similar manner, people fall ill or die according to the natural laws, but God sometimes intervenes and allows a person an unexpected second chance at life.

    • God has control of who dies and when, but that does not necessarily mean that he has a hand in everyone’s death. The Bible says that Satan is the ruler of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; John 12:31; and many more) which is why bad things like death happen. And Bible Reader is correct in that the Son and the Father are ONE-John 1:1.

    • tony t rietveld | October 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm |

      Bible Reader: Depends on who’se interpretation you nread. The Greek orthodox will certainly disagree with you on this.

  2. JCMasterpiece | October 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply

    Maybe, but if you know anything about most modern major news agencies, you would know that since at least the late 1980’s most of them have had huge liberal slants purposefully ignoring news that does not fit their political viewpoint.

    It’s the reason that Fox News exists in the first place. People got sick and tired of the extreme liberal slant / propaganda which caused Fox News to be an instant success.

    Recently it’s only become worse. The primary news networks remain very slanted and are now more politically active (government led / directed) than ever before.

    It would be no surprise if all of the major news networks completely ignored a finding like this due to the support it gives to Christianity, especially with how popular Christianity bashing has become in the last decade.

  3. Interesting, but this doesn’t answer the challenges posed by Christian Gnosticism, which also reveres Jesus as a heavenly miracle worker, or Buddhism, which isn’t impressed by miracles one way or another.

    • tony t rietveld | October 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm |

      The Gnostics were much overlooked in early christianity,as they could not be reconciled to the “orthodox” church.

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