|John the Baptist?|
This morning I was greeted with a message from a friend with a link to an MSNBC article declaring that the bones of John the Baptist "may" have been found. Apparently a stone sarcophagus in a Romanian church was discovered to have six human bone fragments and three animal bone fragments. As you can see the evidence is already tantalizing and suggests that they could be that of John the Baptist, or they are the first real proof that John the Baptist was a centaur.
But the real "nail in the coffin," so to speak was this:
The next day, the researchers found a second box just 20 inches away. This one was made of volcanic rock called tuff. On it, an inscription read, "Dear Lord, please help your servant Thomas" along with St. John the Baptist's name and official church feast day.
Really riveting stuff! After all, January 24th is the feast of John the Baptist and with that date and a handful of bone fragments what else would you conclude? I mean just because we don't know when he was born, where he was buried and the feast date was created by the church is no reason to doubt this find. And of course the evidence keeps piling up now that everything has been subjected to thorough, scientific examination.
The human bones in the box included a knucklebone, a tooth, part of a cranium, a rib and an ulna, or arm bone. The researchers could only date the knucklebone, because radiocarbon dating relies on organic material, and only that bone had enough collagen for a good analysis. The researchers were able to reconstruct DNA sequences from three of the bones, however, showing them to be from the same person, likely a Middle Eastern man.
The article doesn't mention if they found his head nearby. Oh, well. If is wasn't for stories like this I would not have fodder for this blog.