Historical Jesus
Newly Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing a Miracle
Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was hired  by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort, analyze and  classify some 6,000 ancient documents that had been  uncovered in the gigantic archive vaults. He was already  very excited when he noticed that the author of the text was the famous Roman  historian Velleius, but he was completely stunned when he realized the nature of  the content. The text as a whole is a narrative of the author’s return journey from Parthia  to Rome that occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical style of four sheets  of parchment. He describes many different episodes taking place during his trip,  like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit to a temple in Melitta (modern  day Mdina, in Malta). The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode  taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the West Bank).  The author first describes the arrival of a great leader  in the town with a group of  disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighbouring  villages to gather around them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name was  Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua  haNotzri.  Upon entering town, Jesus would have visited the house of a woman named  Elisheba, who had just given birth to a stillborn child. Jesus picked up the dead  child and uttered a prayer in Aramaic to the heavens, which unfortunately the  author describes as “immensus”, meaning incomprehensible.  To the crowd’s  surprise and amazement,  the baby came back to life almost immediately, crying  and squirming like a healthy newborn.  Marcus Velleius Paterculus, being a Roman officer of Campanian origins,  seems to perceive Jesus Christ as a great doctor and miracle man, without  associating him in any way to the Jewish concept of Messiah. Many tests and analysis have been realized over the last weeks to  determine the authenticity of the manuscript. The composition of the parchment  and ink, the literary style and handwriting have all been carefully scrutinized and  were considered to be entirely legitimate. The dating analysis also revealed that  the sheepskin parchment on which the text is written, does indeed date from the  1st century of this era, more precisely from between 20-45 AD.  This new text from an author known for his reliability, brings a brand new  perspective on the life of the historical character that is Jesus of Nazareth. It  comes to confirm the Gospels on the facts that he was known for accomplishing  miracles and that his sheer presence in a town was enough to attract crowds of  people.  A complete and official translation of the document should be made  available online in many different languages over the next few weeks, but the  impact of the discovery is already felt in the scientific community. Many scholars  have already saluted the finding as one of the greatest breakthrough ever realized  in the study of the historical life of Jesus, while others have expressed doubts  about the conclusions of Professor Perrucci and demand for more tests to be  performed by other scientific institutions before drawing any conclusions.