Early image of Jesus found?

A team of archaeologists excavating in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus have found a faded painting on a rock which is claimed to be one of the earliest images of Jesus found to date.

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The image shows a young man in the act of blessing. Dating to the 6th – 7th century, the image has caused quite a stir as being the earliest found from early Christianity. The mysterious tomb where the image was found was in an underground chamber, which workers had to remove 45 tons of rock to get to!

The team also found ancient pens and inkpots used by scribes. The rock is decorated with Coptic images and writings which are currently being deciphered, and the image is under protection and conservation.

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