The Jesus Artifacts
The archeological evidence for the existence of Jesus is non existent. So many of the ancient artifacts that have been discovered through the years since the time of Jesus have been proven to be fake. Let’s look at a small selection of them. Not all refer to the time of Jesus, as some apply to the fictitious Temple of Solomon. The principle here is that artifacts are used by religious interests groups to support their views and their versions of history. Surely, there can be no greater proof of the existence of Jesus than some item that can be traced back to him. As we shall see, history is filled with artifacts and the stories related to them, but today nothing remains that can be linked to this man. Nothing. It is a significant absence.
Firstly, there was the Ivory Pomegranate that was discovered in 1979 by the paleographer Andre Lemair. For years this item with its inscription “Belonging to the Temple of Yahweh, holy to the priests” was displayed in the Israel Museum as being authentic, and coming from the Temple of King Solomon. We know today that the current Temple Mount, with the Islamic Mosque where the ancient temple was supposed to have stood, is revered as ground zero for the three major monotheistic religions of the world, being Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
However, forensic evaluation in 2002 showed the item to have been made from the tooth of a hippopotamus, and not an elephant. Furthermore, experts have proven that the inscription is not authentic, and was made after the item had been broken. From the manner in which the inscription was applied, it appears as if it was purposely done to look as if it was applied before the item was fractured. Microscopic inspection of the areas where the break and the inscription comes together shows that the inscription was made subsequent to the breakage of the item. This indicates that the inscription has to be false. Biblical scholars agree. Science is exposing the lies of religion at a rapidly increasing rate.
There is perhaps no doubt that the item is from 3000 years ago, or the iron age, as it is better known. But the inscription is a fraud, thereby removing the only link that biblical scholars had with the temple of King Solomon. Other than this, there is no evidence, archeological or otherwise, other than the biblical text that this temple ever existed.
But it is important that we not see the ivory pomegranate in isolation. The reason why attention was focused upon it did not come about by mere accident. Other items have surfaced purporting to be from the time of King Solomon and also from the time of Jesus. The story goes as follows:
In 2002, the news that an ancient ossuary might be associated with James, the brother of Jesus of Nazareth, created great excitement in the world of biblical archaeology as well as among Christians and those of other religious faiths. The ossuary, or burial box, purportedly had an Aramaic inscription reading "Ya'akov, son of Yossef, brother of Yeshua," translated as "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus"
However, this was also found to be a forgery. The ossuary was ancient, but the inscriptions were found to be fake. This further substantiates a number of theories. Firstly, Jesus never existed, as any other evidence to support his life is entirely absent. Secondly, the black market prices for ancient artifacts, particularly ones that play to the gullibility of religious fanaticism, ensures a higher price for items which refer to anything found within any of the religious scriptures of the three major religions, being the Bible, the Koran and the Torah. These people are eager to pounce onto anything that might support their respective scriptures, to the extent that they fail to do a thorough investigation.
The same applies to the story of the Jehoash Inscription, a rectangular tablet with a lengthy inscription detailing the repairs to the Temple of King Solomon by a later King, King Jehoash (Joash Ben Ahaziya). He was the dictator of Judea from 836-798 BCE. The inscription says in part: "holy money ... to buy quarry stones and timber and copper and labor to carry out the duty with faith." The last sentence promises that if the work is completed well, then "the Lord will protect his people with blessing." The inscription seems to be related to two passages from 2 Kings.
Unfortunately, after the whole world was about to believe that this inscription proves that the Temple of King Solomon is a historical fact, it was found that this, as the others, was a fraud, perpetrated in order to demand a huge price tag on the artifact black markets in Jerusalem.
Point here is that these perpetrators play on the passion of the religious people to believe that at least some of their facts have a ring of truth to it. What is also noteworthy is the lack of publicity the media of the world has given to these forgeries, subsequent to them being exposed. Prior to this expose, the media could not get enough of these things, since people honestly and seriously believed, wanted to believe, that these things were authentic. The history of religious study, and particularly that of the three major monotheistic religions are filled with the broken dreams of people who have dedicated their lives to the discovery of archeological proofs for their beliefs. Certainly, places and some events were accurately recorded in the bible, but this is to be understood. The authors of the biblical texts lived in such areas, and had no other choice but to refer to names and places they were familiar with. Later in this letter, I will provide proof of how flawed even this concept was, particularly with regards to the travels of Jesus himself. The point is that the names and places were real, but this simply provided the environment within which a much older mythical tale was portrayed, as has been done thousands of years before in other, much more ancient religions. The accuracy of the geographical references does not prove the biblical story to be true. It only proves the setting to be authentic. The total absence of other artifacts, objects, and more detailed descriptions of locations creates serious questions as to the authenticity of the storyline, not the setting within which the stories were told.
You might well argue that these events do not prove that God does not exist. I agree. They fall far short of disproving God’s existence. But it does prove a few other important things.
Firstly, it proves that to this day, after hundreds of years of digging, excavating, analyzing thousands of fragments, dating them and categorizing them, that there still exists, to this day, no proof that the Temple of King Solomon existed. The argument that it exists under the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount is based on hope, and nothing else. If ever Christians and Jews are allowed to dig under the Dome of the Rock, the reality of the fable will probably emerge. They also believe that the Ark of the Covenant is buried under the Temple Mount. However, the day that this happens would probably be soon after the end of the Third World War, and nobody would be alive to do the digging. But I cannot but wonder why, and how, such vitally important artifacts such as the Ark of the Covenant have been allowed to simply disappear. Surely there would have been people who in their religious fervor would have given their all to save and protect the Ark?
On this point, it is important to consider the Jesus history as well. To this day, the number of pieces of wood that have been gathered through the years as to being part of the cross of Jesus is enough to rebuild Noah’s ark. The first to have claimed such a find was the wife of Constantine. However, none of these has ever been proven to be authentic. There is no clearly defined place where Jesus was said to have been crucified. There is no annual pilgrimage to the site where the savior gave his life for us, even though this momentous event clearly deserves such a practice. There is no open grave that has ever been identified as being that of Jesus. As mentioned elsewhere, the archeological evidence of the existence of the man called Jesus does not exist. None has ever been found. For someone who has been and remains in such a prominent position within the western mindset, there exists no evidence of his life.
Secondly, it proves that the religious people of the world are gullible, and will believe anything that even hints at substantiating their story. This is common within apologetic argumentation. They believe something, and their belief is unshakable, and then they seek to manipulate the evidence to fit into their belief. They do not allow themselves to be guided by the evidence. For them, it works the other way round. They are guided by their beliefs, and the evidence that does not fit is discarded and invalidated, even if science proves it to be valid. My friend that I referred to in the beginning of this letter told me clearly that Darwin was wrong. When asked if he has ever read the Origin of Species, or any other book that looked closer at evolution, he told me that he has not, and probably never will. There exists a name for this format of argumentation, but we will address that a little later.
Please note that this letter refers only to archeological evidences, and not scriptures. That will be the subject of another letter, particularly as it applies to the Jesus fable.