Biblical archaeology is not ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Biblical archaeology fills out, but does not particularly shake, what the Catholic Faith has always taught.

Mainstream media types, however, live in perpetual hope that some “find of the century” will “shake Christianity to its very foundations.” So when there's a “too good to be true” (for destroyers of Christianity) find like these 70 metal books that supposedly hail from the first century, they always trumpet that it "could change" our view of biblical history — and usually well before they have even established that such a find is from the first century. The language is all cast in such a way as to make clear that the origins of Christianity are vaguely conspiratorial and occult and that the “new find” could "unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity."

“Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.”

Um, there is no "lost collection of codices" mentioned in the book of Revelation. What there is is this:

“I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’” (Rev 5:1-5)

This is imagery intended to make clear that the full meaning of the Old Testament (the scroll no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth can open) is only fully seen in Christ, who fulfills Moses and the prophets and reveals their full meaning. In short, Revelation is making the same point the risen Christ did:

“Then he said to them, ‘These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.’” (Luke 24:44-47)

Which should make us wonder about the sort of people in pieces like this who claim to be "independent Bible scholars." "Independent scholar" is typically code for "crank." And sure enough, when we do a little background check on "independent scholar" David Elkington, we find on his website the pronouncement that:

Everything that exists does so because of vibration.

Matter comes into being because energy vibrates — any science book will tell you that. But understand the science of vibration, learn how to use it and you will have the key to …

Well, everything.

That’s the description of Elkington’s book, “In the Name of the Gods: The Mystery of Resonance and the Prehistoric Messiah (featuring a swirling galaxy and the pyramids on the cover). Mhm. Reading further, we learn, “For 20 years David has been led on a revelatory trail through world mythology, linguistics and philology into geophysics, architecture, acoustics, music, neuro-physiology, theology and still further into the all-encompassing, resonant atmosphere of the planet.” And he presented a major lecture on “Acoustic Resonance, Life and Consciousness” at the Quest for Knowledge Conference in London in 1996.

Yeah. Right. Meanwhile, actual biblical scholar Dr. Peter Thonemann instantly showed the whole thing was a forgery. Basic rule of thumb regarding sexy biblical archaeology news: “The sexier, the more dubious.”

Remember this during Advent and Christmas, when the MSM goes hunting for the electrifying news of the Latest Real Jesus.

Mark Shea is a popular Catholic author, blogger and speaker. You can read more at his Catholic and Enjoying It! blog.