Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Jesus the Magician?

I've just read a fascinating article online about the depictions of Jesus and the apostles in early Christian carvings on sarcophagai. The most surprising thing, well surprising if you accept the orthodox views on the beliefs of the early Christian church, is that a great number of such carvings depict Jesus and Peter (the 2nd most common character depicted) as using a wand to carry out miracles.

Such a thought is totally alien to Christians today. This clearly demonstrates just how far Christian perceptions of Jesus have shifted over the centuries.

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