Those who believe they can see the image of Jesus on pancakes, tortillas, toasted cheese sandwiches or dirty windows may want to take a look at a new discovery in Egypt that may be an early painting of Jesus from the 6th or 7th centuries.
A team of archaeologists led by Josep Padro from the Catalan Egyptology Society (SCE) and the University of Barcelona recently uncovered an underground structure in buried tombs in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. Padro has spent over 20 years excavating sites in the area but is not certain what the 8 meter by 4 meter structure is. Its walls are covered with paintings by the Coptics – early Christians who lived in Egypt from the 3rd century until the 7th through 9th centuries which brought the arrival of Islam and the decline of Christianity in the area.
Among the images was one Padro describes as a “figure of a young man, with curly hair, dressed in a short tunic and with his hand raised as if giving a blessing.” In fact, he thinks it’s more than that.
We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ.
There are inscriptions around the image that are now being translated in an attempt to identify the man. Forty-five tons of rocks had to be removed to get to the structure and the tomb, where Padro’s team found the remains of a scribe along with pens and a pot full of ink for the scribe to use in the afterlife. Experts from the University of Barcelona believe it might be a temple dedicated to god Serapis, the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife.
Until the image is identified, owners of pancakes and other backed goods with the current image of Jesus should sell them quickly before their value drops.