Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle

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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. He 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.

He 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. He 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 neighbouring 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.

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

  1. uuummm, does it say how long the baby was still born… he could have just cleared its throat, by holding it upside down…

    • Marilyn Detwiler | October 7, 2014 at 6:39 am |

      Harlan, I would say the child was not dead long enough to have been buried, as was Lazarus, about whom Y’Shua was told that he was already entombed, and that “he stinketh.” Apparently in the case of Lazarus, his body had already begun to decay. Perhaps the baby had only been dead a short time, but long enough to know it was dead.

    • I think the mother, the family and the midwives would have frantically tried numerous things before they thought the baby was dead and laid it down as dead. The color would have shown death or they would still be trying to revive it. They weren’t cavemen, they had their methods, and they aren’t going to throw their baby in the corner. Further, Jesus the Rabbi was not going to be sitting there next to the open legged mother waiting for the baby. Some time must have passed, minutes or hours, and then he comes in.

    • tony t rietveld | October 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm |

      Dan: many people were buried in early times because they were mistakenly thought be dead.

    • You must always be correct. Lazarus must have just been asleep too.

  2. To Muhammed Bantalal, there is a huge difference between Jesus and your muhammed. Our Jesus rose from the dead and always was sinless.
    Your fella, muhammed, was a paedophile who “married” a 9yr old girl, died and rotted away in the ground and more likely to be in hell now

    • Tommy,
      That was rude and uncalled for. Slander is not a Christian virtue. Nor is speaking ill of the dead, no matter how threatened or righteous you may feel.

    • tony t rietveld | October 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm |

      MB,
      Slander is often a christian vice. Just listen to so-called christian politicians.

    • MB,

      I hear you, I do, but facts are facts. Check out the Koran if in doubt. I guess it could have been worded a bit softer, if that’s your point.

    • Mohammed’s tomb,- Occupied
      Buddha’s tomb – Occupied
      Jesus’ tomb – unoccupied

  3. And this document was found … where? Ah, yes, the Vatican archives.

    • Mark A. Sammut | October 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm |

      I usually find books on law in the Law Court library, books on cancer in the library of a cancer research foundation, magazines on cars in the car dealer’s waiting room … so I expect to find a document about Jesus in the … Vatican archives. I would certainly not expect to find such a document anywhere else …

    • Blarfin Deangelo | October 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm |

      If only texts about Jesus were only found in the Vatican and not spread out poisoning the rest of society… But no, they have to be everywhere they can litter them, poisoning the minds of the uneducated and the unthinking.

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