StephenGoranson wrote: ↑Wed May 11, 2022 4:22 am
The Dura Europos church has wall paintings of New Testament scenes.
Oh for Christ's sake. That is an interpretation offered by Yale Divinity College and it is scraping the barrel of confirmation bias.
(And Christian graffiti.)
I refer to these as "The Runes of Christ".
The problem is that Hopkins did not see any overbars.
Christian nomina sacra
The Excavations at Dura-Europos. Final Report VIII. Part II The Christian Building. 1967.
The smoking guns are found in the Preliminary report. And in the comparisons between the preliminary report and the final report.
The Excavations at Dura Europos: CONDUCTED BY YALE UNIVERSITY AND THE FRENCH ACADEMY OF INSCRIPTIONS AND LETTERS
Preliminary Report of Fifth Season of Work
October 1931— March 1932
M. I. Rostovtzeff
PUBLISHED New Haven Yale University Press 1934
PREFACE dated Rome November 1933
"The oldest inscription from any Christian church building is from a Marcionite church in a small village south of Damascus. The inscription, in Greek, identifies the building as the "gathering place [synagoge ] of the Marcionites of the village of Lebabon of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under the leadership of Paul the presbyter" and is dated 318–319. “
https://www.encyclopedia.com/environmen ... marcionism
SG I have already now twice pointed out that, despite the assertions in your cited article above, the inscription attests to "JS the Good": χρηστοu
, On the day this inscription was inscribed "JS the Christ" took a holiday.