A photo from open sources In the north of Jordan, a unique find – lead books. According to scientists, a collection of ancient manuscripts is capable of turning the whole biblical story. But there is one problem: neighboring countries – Jordan and Israel – can’t share a lead library with each other. Century deal Why did the dispute arise? Between 2005 and 2007 (exactly unknown) floods occurred in northern Jordan – extremely rare in those parts. It exposed two niches inside the cave, one of which was marked with the sign of the menorah – an ancient religious Jewish symbol. The local Bedouin peasant went to the mountains with their goats. A man knew every stone in those parts, therefore immediately drew attention to the sparkling objects. It turned out books – lead, fastened together by a metal wire. As many as 70 pieces! The cave where they were was also difficult, most likely, the first Christians hid in it back in 70 years of our era, and maybe earlier. Happy owner Finds immediately began to search secretly from the state, who would sell Bargain price ancient library. Finally a buyer was found – Israeli Bedouin named Hassan Sayda. After long negotiations and consultations with knowledgeable people parties finally shook hands, and Pollock smuggled valuables out of the country. While the deal was underway, scientists found out about the find. Flared up scandal. Jordanian authorities say manuscripts exported from their territory illegally, and demanded the return of treasures to their homeland. However, the new owner of the library was in no hurry to part with acquisition. He generally stated that his family owns a relic by at least the last hundred years. Books, they say, found his grandfather, what, they say, can be a complaint to him? Can he prove this fact, time will tell, but for now, representatives of the Jordanian government Determined at all costs to return the treasures to the country. Steeper than scrolls What are books? Lead plates (some the size of our passport, others with a credit card) fastened together by metal rings. On sheets – symbols and hieroglyphics in Hebrew, Aramaic, Ancient Greek. Icons and letters are not engraved, but fused. Most of the text encrypted. Some books were transferred to specialists Oxford University, others by Swiss scientists. Now work on the study of books is in full swing, but also of the fact that managed to find out to date, enough to talk about sensationalism finds. Metal experts held studies of lead, which, by the way, was severely corroded, and found out that the books were made not yesterday and not even the day before yesterday. Above most likely, ancient masters worked with them back in the 1st century era. Part of the text was decrypted. It speaks of Christ and his last days. Some scientists believe that all plates may be a book of revelation mentioned in the Bible. However, this still needs to be proved. One of the few who happened to see rarity, this is David Elkington, a researcher in the field religious archeology, leading a group of British scholars, trying to return the relics to the Jordanian museum. He does not exclude that manuscripts could be the main discovery of Christian history. And even overshadow in importance the legendary Dead Sea Scrolls, found in 1947. “A moment when I first picked up ancient manuscript, impossible to forget. Such luck does not fall every day and not every archaeologist. After all, these records could leave the first saints of the Christian church! “Margaret Barker. New Testament history specialist indicates that the location of the find in question speaks more about earlier Christian than its Jewish origin. “We know that two groups of Christians fled from the persecution in Jerusalem and they crossed the Jordan River near Jericho and then proceeded east very close to the place where they say the books were found, – suggests Margaret. – Another circumstance, which with a large probability indicates an early Christian origin, that these are not scrolls, but codes (almost familiar books with pages. Writing texts in the form of a code – a distinctive feature early Christian culture. “Truth in the last resort? Professor Philip Davis from the University of Sheffield, the dog who ate on studies of the Old Testament, I agree with my colleague: drawings on manuscripts speak of their Christian origin. So, on one from the illustrations depicts a plan of ancient Jerusalem. Outside the walls cities on a hill (at Calvary?) are crosses on which were Christ and robbers crucified. Separately depicted building – perhaps this is the place where close people took Jesus after removal from the cross and where he rose three days later. But that’s not all surprises: in the books there is a “portrait” of a person. The image, however, is far from perfect, nevertheless, scientists cautiously express the idea that this may be Jesus Christ himself. And some experts go even further in their assumptions: suddenly the Son of God was captured for posterity by those who directly was familiar with him? If this is confirmed, a sensation is provided! After all no other convincing evidence of Jesus Christ was not and is not. Even the gospel cannot be called truth in last resort – they were written centuries after the crucifixion Christ, and even people who could not know the Messiah personally. So, their stories are based on stories that passed from mouth to mouth. This is why the gospels always there were many opponents. If the authenticity of the lead library will be confirmed and it will be established that it is about the last days of the Son of God, mankind will receive a new proof of him existence.