John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus has held a place of great religious importance in the Canonical Gospels. He is described as “The cousin of Jesus” in the Gospel of Luke of the Holy Bible. Religious sentiments soar high as his alleged skeletal remains have been exhumed, and entombed in a marble coffer in a Bulgarian Cathedral.
The casket with the religious skeletal treasure is exhibited at a Bulgarian cathedral in Sofia. The box with his hypothetical remains is said to belong at the right place and the right time. The skeletal ruins of this “forerunner of Jesus Christ“ are said to date back to the first century A.D and may have belonged to John ,The Baptist claim the scientists.
The religious treasure endorses the presence of 6 human bones in all. Out of them there is a tooth, a knuckle bone from the right hand, a rib, a part of the cranium, a forearm bone and an ulna.
Radiocarbon testing and DNA analysis of the collagen taken from the knucklebone indicate that the remains most likely fit in with a Middle East male existing in the first century A.D. All the fingers point directly towards the narrative of John the Baptist. If this is the case, then the scientists may be holding the DNA from the cousin of the Christian savior in their hands.
"The problem is we don't have a baseline," claims Archaeologist Thomas Higham, a study team member working at the University of Oxford in U.K. "We don't have a solid, reliable piece of bone that belongs to [John the Baptist or Jesus]."
The current study keeps the religious sentiments in doldrums and can't substantiate or, contradict the indications that the carcass remains actually are a part of John the Baptist."It's really stretching it to think that material from the first century can end up all the way in this church in Bulgaria and still be there for archaeologists to excavate," Higham surprisingly stated "But stranger things have happened."
The destiny of John the Baptist's relics is discussed amongst conjecture surrounding the biblical scholars. It is a known fact that in the 3rd and 4th centuries various clues pointed out that his bones were being showcased in numerous cathedrals as holy relics to be a magnet for pilgrim—not an uncommon fate for the supposed remains of biblical figures.
"We think the [Bulgarian] church dates to the fifth century, which gives us a minimum age for this material," Higham claimed.”And we thought that perhaps these bones would be fourth or fifth century as well. But we were surprised when they turned out to be much older than that," said a very astonished Higham.
"The question really is how well they could have identified the remains of John the Baptist in the fourth century. They could've opened the wrong tomb in a cemetery."
So till then for the inquisitive it’s wait and watch time and for the pilgrims it's the biggest religious high.Isn’t it?