The Bible is perhaps the most famous religious scripture. Millions of people are looking for answers to the most important questions in their lives. This book combines several ancient works.
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, over a hundred million copies of it are sold for a year. However, it was written so long ago that today there are many questions about its content, not even from the moral, but from a historical point of view.
There are many secrets in the Bible that people try to solve for centuries. The most famous of these riddles will be discussed below.
In Christian mythology, the Holy Grail is an important subject. It is believed that this dish or cup, or a plate Jesus used during the Last Supper. But then what happened to this shrine, which had miraculous possibilities? It is believed that at the end of the XII century the Holy Grail was brought by Joseph of Arimathea to England. In the Middle Ages, the belief in the existence of this object and its search did not cease. It was said that the Templars owned the Grail. It is likely this is due to their extreme influence at the time of the spread of the legends of the artifact. There were quite real bowls, which were considered the Grail. One of them is in the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Valencia. It was believed that St. Peter brought her to Rome in the I century, and St. Lawrence was transported to Spain in the III century. Scientists say that this subject may well qualify for the title of the Holy Grail. The product from Valencia was created somewhere in the Middle East between the IV century BC. and I century AD. According to other sources, the valuable artifact is hidden either under Rosslyn’s chapel or at the source on the rock of Glastonbury. Fans of the conspiracy theory believe that these artifacts are owned by some secret organization of its defenders. Others believe that in their time the Templars hid the Grail in Oak Island, today it is called the Nova Scotia Monetary Wave.
Ark of the covenant.
In the Bible there is a description of this container, in which were stored the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The epistle to the Jews says that there was also a vessel with manna and Aaron’s staff. This unique artifact was in Jerusalem until the city was plundered by the Babylonians. The very same temple was destroyed. Since then, the Ark is a real legend, disappearing from sight. There are, however, many theories about where he can be: the ark can be intentionally hidden by the priests of the Jerusalem temple, it could be taken to the Babylonians or the prince of Ethiopia. At one time archaeologists have discovered under the Jerusalem temple a whole branched network of tunnels, but only to excavate further in this place prohibits the law. Today, on the site of the first temple of Solomon is already one of the most important Islamic shrines, a mosque called “Dome of the Rock.” The Bible says that a special platform for the Ark of the Covenant was created during the construction of the temple here. In the event of an attack on the temple, the shrine was lowered underground, in tunnels. It is likely that the artifact is still somewhere there.
Sodom and Gomorrah.
There is a biblical story about the destruction of the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Seboim and Adma for the sins of the inhabitants. But did such settlements exist in reality? And if so, where were they? The Bible tells us that the Lord destroyed the cities, sending burning sulfur and fire on them from the sky. Over the centuries in Christianity and Islam, the very words of Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with an inveterate sin and punishment for it by God. Today archaeologists are arguing over whether there were such cities in reality. The Bible accurately indicates that these places were near the Dead Sea. In 1973, possible applicants were found. They, as well as the buildings, excavated in 1965 by archaeologist Paul Lapp, are located just near the Dead Sea. Specialists found on the stones traces of burning and particles of sulfur. Somehow, these ancient cities by the end of the early Bronze Age suddenly ceased to exist.
Historians tend to believe that the history of Eden is probably fictitious. But there are those who believe in the reality of the mythological garden. It remains only to find out where it existed. And in the Bible itself is the exact place where Eden was. That is why many people tried to find a paradise garden. There are many options, among them there are rivers on the banks of the Ganges, Araks, Karun, Diyala, Kerhe, Wadi ar-Rum and even the Nile. According to some hypotheses, Eden is in the sources of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which originate in Mesopotamia or in the territory of modern Egypt. Looking for traces of Eden in Africa and the Persian Gulf. And although the present location of the biblical Eden is still a mystery, there is a rather interesting nuance in this narrative. In the Bible it is said that next to the garden there was such a place as Ethiopia. Since 1974, paleontologists have studied six million years of life on the planet of man and his ancestors. It turned out that it was Ethiopia – the best place for the birth of our species. Therefore, science directly indicates that exactly there was a real Eden.
Bible scholars repeatedly pointed out that some encoded messages are found in this book. Is it accidental? This code is also called the “code of the Torah.” This is a sequence of letters in the book, which can be decoded and learn about the prophecies of the authors. Studies on this topic are popularly described in the book “The Bible Code.” The main decryption method is based on an equidistant alphabetic sequence. It is believed that to open the code, you need to take any letter for the starting point and count any number of passes. Then, from the starting point, you need to select letters with an equal interval, highlighting the desired ones. The “Bible Codes” served as the basis for predictions that were repeatedly published and used by some people for their own purposes. The journalist Michael Drosnin was engaged in popularizing the code. So, with the help of the sacred book in 1994, he was able to predict the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin next year. Ten lost knees.
Under this name, the tribes of the descendants of ten of the tribes of Israel are known. After the fall of the Northern Israel kingdom, these tribes were captured by the Assyrians. Jewish researchers wonder what happened to their congeners next? Are they hidden somewhere and can they return to their homeland? The story of the lost tribes is partially confirmed by historical fact, it is confirmed by written religious sources, and plenty of room for speculation. There are half-fantastic versions about who could have come from these lost tribes. Among the descendants are Native Americans, Japanese, British and Irish. The Chinese believe that the Jews of Kaifeng could have come from such a lost tribe.
Pharaoh of the Exodus.
There is a story in the Bible that during the Exodus of Jews an ancient Egypt ruled a certain pharaoh. The chapters of the Book of Exodus show how the Egyptians enslaved the sons of Israel, as the Lord sent the plague upon Egypt to free his people. We learned how the army pursued the Jews, and how they could pass through the Red Sea. But what was the ruler of Egypt? In the Holy Book, he mentions simply as “pharaoh”. If we consider this document to be authentic from a historical point of view, then it is necessary to find out the name of this ruler. In popular culture there is an opinion that it was Ramses the Great. Here are just no documentary or archaeological evidence of any epidemics in the years of his rule or the pursuit of fleeing Jewish slaves. Historians generally do not have any evidence to form a theory about a particular pharaoh from the story of the Exodus.
The story of a worldwide flood is known to most people, because it is repeated in different religions. Since the second century, Christians, Jews and Muslims have been enthusiastically searching for the physical remains of the ark.Here are just no scientific evidence of its existence, no expeditions and research so could not find. Specialists consider such searches as a “pursuit of ghosts.” The only clue in this story is the mention in the biblical legend of the Ararat years. By the middle of the 19th century, archeologists were able to identify possible places of arrival for the ark. It is believed that this could be the kingdom of Urartu, the Assyrian empire, the early kingdoms of Judea. Thus, the ark would be logical to search in the mountains of modern Armenia or in the east of Turkey. Until the XIX century, these areas were sparsely populated, it was unrealistic to send expeditions. And by the beginning of this century there were two new candidates for the title of Noah’s Ark. The first is the anomaly of Ararat, located near its main peak. In the pictures of this area, from above and even from space, a dark spot can be seen on the snow cap of the peak. Another potential location for the ark is the area near Doğubayazit, 29 kilometers south of Bolshoy Ararat.
Beloved disciple of Jesus.
As you know, Jesus Christ had 12 disciples. But who of them was his favorite? This is one of the most important secrets of the Bible. The Gospel according to John says that one of the disciples at the Last Supper reclined on the teacher’s chest. But there is an opinion that this book itself was written from the words of that same pet. But his name is not mentioned anywhere, which makes this story even more mysterious. Some scholars believe that this man could be Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha of Bethany. It was in his time that Jesus raised him from the dead. The proof of this version is the fact that when the sisters called Jesus to help Lazarus, they told him: “Lord, the one you love is ill.” Other modern researchers put forward the original version – Mary Magdalene was the favorite disciple of Jesus Christ. This idea is very similar to what Dan Brown wrote in his bestseller.
Authorship of the Gospels.
The Gospels are the most important part of the New Testament. Until the 18th century the authorship of these books was not questioned. And only relatively recently theologians were able to study the history of the Bible, immediately doubts arose in the communion with the writing of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. The fact is that the manner of writing books suggests that they were written by those who either did not know the apostles, or did not. It is hardly possible to disclose such a secret. It remains only to hope that one day the main source of all the Gospels will be revealed. This is the only way to explain all the anomalies that literally “shout” about non-Apostolic authorship.