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A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that, according to an expert epigrapher, could be engraved with the world's first known reference to Christ.

Editorial note: ABR has received a variety of feedback on this discovery. It seems very likely this is not a reference to Jesus Christ, since it appears to have been discovered in some sort of pagan temple. We have posted this news here for your information only, not as an endorsement of any particular translation or interpretation of the artfiact. For further comments, please see ARTIFAX, Autumn 2008, pg. 14. More about ARTIFAX can be found at:

Franck Goddio/ Hilti Foundation, photos: Christoph Gerigk

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