from the End Notes of the The Electric Mirror on the Pharos
Lighthouse and Other Ancient Lighting by Larry Radka
*Page 130-The Lord of whom Arculf was speaking
is Jesus Christ. In his 1875 unabridged edition of Gleanings
for the Curious from the Harvest-Fields of Literature, Dr.
C. C. Bombaugh shared with us some astounding archaeological
evidence of his unwelcome presence on this planet by quoting
a document - engraved on a copper artefact - that led to his
miserable dismissal. He wrote: Of the many interesting relics
and fragments brought to light by the preserving researches
of antiquarians, none could be more interesting to the philanthropist
and believer than the following - to Christians the most imposing
judicial document ever recorded in human annuals. It has
been faithfully transcribed as follows:
THE DEATH-WARRANT OF JESUS CHRIST
Sentence rendered by Pontius Pilate,
Acting Governor of Lower Galilee,
Stating that Jesus of Nazareth shall suffer Death on the Cross.
In the year Seventeen of the Emperor Tiberius Caesar, and the
27th Day of March, the City of the Holy Jerusalem - Annas and
Caiphas being priests, sacrificators of the People of God -
Pontius Pilate, Governor of Lower Galilee, sitting in the Presidential
Chair of the Praetory, Condemns Jesus of Nazareth to die on
the cross between two thieves. The great and notorious evidence
of the people saying:
I. Jesus is a seducer.
II. He is seditious.
III. He is the enemy of the Law
IV. He calls himself falsely the son of God
V. He calls himself falsely the King of Israel
VI. He entered into the Temple followed by a multitude bearing
palm branches in their hands.
Orders the first centurion, Quilus Cornelius, to lead him to
the place of execution.
Forbids any whomsoever, either poor or rich, to oppose the death
of Jesus Christ.
The witnesses who signed the condemnation of Jesus are-
I. Daniel Rabani, a Pharisee
II. Joannus Robani.
III. Raphael Robani
IV. Capet, a Citizen
Jesus shall go out of the city of Jerusalem by the Gate of Struenus.
The foregoing was engraved on a copper plate, on the reverse
of which is written: 'A similar plate is sent to each tribe.'
It was found in an antique marble vase, while excavating the
ancient city of Aquila, in the kingdom of Naples, in the year
1810, and was discovered by the Commissioners of Arts of the
French Army. At the expedition of Naples it was enclosed in
a box of ebony, and preserved in the sacristy of the Carthusians.
The Commissioner's of Arts made the French translation. The
original is in the Hebrew language.
for the Curious from the Harvest-Fields of Literature by
Dr. C. C. Bombaugh
Electric Mirror on the Pharos Lighthouse and Other Ancient Lighting
by Larry Radka