Based on the lead tablets, Jesus wasn’t trying to establish a new religion.
A book of metal ‘pages’ held by a ring binder were found in a Jordanian cave back in 2008 by a Jordanian Bedouin, after which they are said to have been acquired by an Israeli Bedouin named Hassan Saeda.
Further crystallisation analysis indicates that the lead tablet is likely to be between 1800-2000 years old.
The tablets allegedly suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David. This metal book could be enlightening not only for Christians, but also Jews and Muslims.
A year after the tablet’s discovery, many evangelical Christians refuse to take them in as legit. These Evangelical Christians are trying to brand them as fakes, according to authors David and Jennifer Elkington, who have been campaigning since 2009 for the codices to be recognised and protected.
According to the Elkingtons the books suggest Christ was part of a Hebrew sect dating back 1,000 years to King David, who worshipped in the Temple of Solomon and believed in a God who is both male and female.
In the Bible Jesus is referred to as a ‘tekton’ which is usually translated as ‘carpenter’ but actually means a skilled craftsman and could refer to the skill of producing such works in metal.
Aside from Jesus, the tablets, which are written in Paleo-Hebrew, also mention the names of the apostles James, Peter and John. It also contains the earliest ‘portrait’ of Jesus Christ.