Without any further ado, these are highly interesting:Leucius Charinus wrote: ↑Wed May 11, 2022 9:32 pmNinety pages of discussion:
Dura-Europos domus ecclesiae? Archaeology, Iconography & MSS
https://historum.com/threads/dura-europ ... ss.129950/
Summarised in a five page essay:No.
The Runes of Christ at Dura Europos
https://www.academia.edu/38115589/The_R ... ra_Europos
Find fault with the essay if you can.
Yale Divinity College would love to prove that Christianity and the oldest known Christian "house-church" existed way out on the Persian border at Dura Europos in the 3rd century, and that it was "discovered" by their 1930's archaeological team. Feel free to subscribe to their theological interpretation of Jesus H. Christ in their artistic appreciation of the murals. I certainly don't.Dura Europos proves Christianity existed in the third century. End of story.
It's like believing there is historical truth in the accounts of Marcion in the fabulous falsifying Ante Nicene Fathers of the Catholic Church industry. O wait !! You believe in this bullshit.
The Sisaeus Graffito: ΤΟΝ ΧΡΙC ΜΝΗCΚΕCΤΕ CΙCΕΟΝ TON ΤAΠΙΝΟΝ
XP and IC could be one, or it could be two separate words - and in the former case it would be an attempt to contact xrhstos with IS
The Proclus Graffito: ΤΟΝ ΧΝ ΙΝ ΥΜΕΙΝ ΜΝ[Η]CΚΕC[ΘΕ] [ΠΡ]ΟΚΛΟΥ
This one is even more interesting as it would be the accusative of the form above yet that would mean that the nominative is XR instead of XS - and there's no match between the two even if they're two separate words. But what we do see is that xrhstos is again used as an adjective - assuming that xrhstos is meant of course, and not xristos or anything else
But XPIS is extraordinary - and if these inscriptions belong with these murals then there's little doubt that they really do depict scenes from the stories. Yet XPIS as an abbreviation, in part or in whole - now that is a time capsule