A bowl found during an excavation of the underwater ruins of Alexandria’s ancient great harbor is engraved with the phrase “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,”. It has been interpreted as meaning either “by Christ the magician” or “the magician by Christ.” The bowl is dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D. It is the world’s first known reference to Jesus.
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The Shroud of Turin (or Turin Shroud), a linen cloth bearing the image of a man, is believed by many to be a cloth worn by Jesus at the time of his burial. The cloth measuring 4.4 by 1.2 meters (14.5 by 3.9 feet), bears the inexplicable image -reversed like a photographic negative - of a crucified man. It was shown only four times in the 20th century. The shroud is the subject of intense debate among some scientists, people of faith, historians, and writers regarding where, when, and how the shroud and its images were created. Pope Benedict announced that it will go on display again in 2010. The last time the Shroud was put on public display was for the Catholic jubilee year in 2000.
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The re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is part of a annual spectacle, in this northern Philippines village of San Pedro Cutud. The 47-year-old Ruben Enaje was the first of 19 men who underwent the bloody Easter crucifixion ritual. 18-centimeter metal nails were driven into his both palms and feet while lying spread-eagled over the cross. ‚ÄúIt is painful and difficult. But I will continue doing this for as long as I can,‚Äù the father-of-four said.
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