Check out this timeline and biography of the life of Peter. That Peter the apostle was ever Bishop of Rome has been proved again and again to be an arrant fable. I managed to calm him as I said, “But sir, here are the pictures and you can see the ossuary, among others, with Peter’s name in Aramaic. "While visiting a friend in Switzerland, I heard of what seemed to me one of the greatest discoveries since the time of Christ—that Peter was buried in Jerusalem and not in Rome. One of their members was spading the ground on this site in 1953, when his shovel fell through. As I have mentioned, I was only able to be with him for a few minutes and was not able to show him but a very small part of the evidence. With that knowledge I approached another priest who warily asked me where I had acquired that information. The Biblical Truth About His Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. In the year 57, Paul wrote his epistle to the Roman church but does not mention Peter, although he does name 28 leaders in the church at Rome (Rom. Other names of early Christians were found on other boxes. ANDREW lies buried at Amalfi (Naples). I therefore went to Rome. The tomb dates between 130 and 300. By the structure of the writings, it was established by scientists that they were of the days just before the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A.D….You can see then, how the Christians would be inclined to have their burial ground on the Mount, for here also had been a favorite meeting place of Jesus and His disciples. One of their members was spading the ground on this site in 1953, when his shovel fell through. Their careful independent conclusions fell short of the Pope's flat statement.' This Aramaic father/son name is attested nowhere else, neither in inscriptions nor in literature. Here is some of what COGaICâs Peter Nathan reported in his two-part series:. Finally after the pictures of the evidence were taken, which was nothing short of a miracle that he allowed us to do so, I complimented him on the marvelous discovery of the tomb of St. Peter in Jerusalem that the Franciscans had made. They rejected the past rather than expose themselves to the ridicule of the present.' For Catholics, St. Peterâs Church in the Vatican has a special significance. The following article article, written in 1953, is somewhat naive and tendentious, and it is very much a “period piece,” in terms of its style and approach. To be able to propose the identification of it with St. Peter would go against a long tradition, which has its own value. Even the Catholic history would have claimed the above as a fact and not as fickle tradition. In my 2006 book, The Jesus Dynasty, (pp. When the bones were found there was little importance placed upon them and they were filed away as such. If you want to understand what's going on in the world today, you must first understand God's plan and prophecies. The dilemma was terrible.…It was a choice of claiming these bones championed by Prof. Margherita as fake, or claiming as fake the skull accepted by hundreds of Popes as that of St. Peter. Dr. Glueck, being Jewish, is not fully aware, no doubt, that such a discovery is very embarrassing since it undermines the very foundation of the Roman Catholic Church. He cannot go against what he had written in 1953, at the time of the discovery of this Christian-Jewish burial ground, nor what he had said to the Franciscan monk about his visit to the Pope. In addition to Pfann’s alternative reading we now have the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae (edited by Hannah M. Cotton, et al.) How could any scientific study of bones be carried out without first scientifically determining the age of the person, or bones? . VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Monday took an emotional, close-up look at the tomb of Peter, the church's first pontiff, buried beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican said. "Then in 1965, an archaeologist at Rome University, Prof. Margherita Guarducci, tells of a new set of bones belonging to Peter. I think the legendary martyrdom of Peter in Rome under Nero has scant historical support, despite the more recent claims of the Vatican to have verified his tomb, and the relics therein, under St. Peter’s Basilica, see “Pope Puts ‘St Peter’s Bones’ on Display at Vatican.” I agree with the work done by Nicola Denzy Lewis, a summary of which you can read here: “The Apostle Peter in Rome?”. It was then declared by Pope Paul as the Gospel truth that these now were the genuine bones of St. Peter, and most of the faithful accepted them as such. One of the editors, Haggai Misgav, prefers the reading: Shimon son of Lollia, a Latin name, noting that a second Latin name, Secunda or Verecunda, is found in the same burial complex. It was written by P. B. Bagatti and J. T. Milik, both Roman Catholic priests. However, but it captures “a moment in time,” in terms of how the academic community, as well as different Christian communities, Catholic and Protestant, reacted to the discovery of the ossuary. The names of Mary and Martha were found on one box and right next to it was one with the name of Lazarus, their brother. Dr. Glueck, being Jewish, and having been to Jerusalem, no doubt, is fully aware of the fact that for centuries the Catholic Church bought up what were thought to be holy sites, some of which did not stand up to Biblical description. But he said that he would write a note. While visiting a friend in Switzerland, I heard of what seemed to me, one of the greatest discoveries since the time of Christ—that Peter was buried in Jerusalem and not in Rome. Of greatest interest, however, was that which was found within twelve feet from the place where the remains of Mary, Martha and Lazarus were found—the remains of St. Peter. I told him that a priest had told me. The Christian community in Rome would not have so venerated a grave, from such an early date, if they had not known for certain that it was the grave of their Apostle and Bishop â if they had not obtained the body following Peterâs crucifixion and buried it themselves. His body was buried two miles away from the place of his martyrdom, in the sepulchral area along the Ostiense Way, owned by a devout Christian woman named Lucina, which was part of a pre-existent burial place . Francescani, in Jerusalem. Of greatest interest, however, was that which was found within twelve feet from the place where the remains of Mary, Martha and Lazarus were found—the remains of St. Peter. The Archaeology of Earliest Christianity: The First Hundred Years, The Best Survey I Know of the Jewish Roman World of Jesus, My University Web Site Available to All: The Jewish Roman World of Jesus, Bible & Interpretation: A Richly Informative Resource, Sorting out the Jesus Family: Mother, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters. The most common account, though, is that he was martyred. Starting around the end of the second century, Christian pilgrims went to see Peterâs tropaion. For instance, the priests say that the tomb of Jesus is within the walls of the old Jerusalem, in a hole in the ground; whereas, the Bible says that the tomb where Jesus was laid was hewn out of rock and a stone was rolled in front and not on top of it. I showed him the pictures found in this article, but being with him for only a few minutes I therefore could not show him the wealth of material that you have before you in this article. This name, Lollius or Lollianos was a short form of Alexandros. Some accounts suggest a couple others died of natural causes as well, but Johnâs tradition is the most firmly established. Saint Peter (r. AD 30; died between AD 64 and 68) also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, Simon (/ Ë s aÉª m É n / ()), Cephas, or Peter the Apostle, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church. The Holy Bible In Its Original Order is the only complete Bible ever published that follows the original inspired manuscript order of all the books of the Old and New Testaments. THE VATICANUS -- Keller ought to have better logic to know that this Peter buried in this cemetery, of all places, could NOT be the Apostle Peter. But,â¦.while this is the case with Peter the Christian, it can be shown to be by no means doubtful that before the Christian era, and downwards, there was a âPeterâ at Rome, who occupied the highest place in the Pagan priesthood. Christians recovered his body and buried it in a nearby cemetery. John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A “Cosmic Messiah” Who Raises the ... 99.99% of Humanity Will Burn in Hell Forever, and Ever, and Ever…, Happy New Year!–at least on the Biblical Hebrew Calendar. It was written by P. B. Bagatti and J. T. Milik, both Roman Catholic priests. The Franciscan priest, Augusto Spykerman, who was in charge of the semi-private museum inside the walls of old Jerusalem, by the site of the Franciscan Church of the Flagellation, was that exception. While visiting the Catacombs, one sees a few things which are not becoming to Christians but which tend to indicate that the Christians had some pagan practices similar to those of Rome today. Queen Elizabethâs bathroom is a private space, while a church is a public one. The primacy of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, based on the apostle Peter founding the church in the city and later being martyred and buried there, has certainly been challenged since medieval times. ." I talked to a Yale professor, who is an archaeologist, and was director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. You can see then, how the Christians would be inclined to have their burial ground on the Mount, for here also, had been a favorite meeting place of Jesus and His disciples. But here we were talking to this Franciscan priest in charge of the museum, asking him questions which he tried to evade but could not because of the information I had already gathered from the many priests with whom I had spoken. Saint Peter’s Tomb: The Discovery of Peter’s Tomb in Jerusalem in 1953. These figures go along perfectly, as does everything else in the case, with the remains found in the Christian burial ground on the Mount of Olives and in the ossuary on which was clearly and beautifully written 'Simon Bar Jona' in Aramaic…. In fact, I have a letter from a noted scientist stating that he can tell by the writing that it was written just before the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A.D. Saint Peter's tomb is a site under St. Peter's Basilica that includes several graves and a structure said by Vatican authorities to have been built to memorialize the location of Saint Peter's grave. To make matters more clear, the Bible tells us that Peter was the Apostle to the Jews. He was clearly nervous as he said, “Oh no, the tomb of St. Peter is in Rome.” But as he said that, his voice faltered, a fact which even my friend, Mr. Mattar, had noticed. The names of Mary and Martha were found on one box and right next to it was one with the name of Lazarus, their brother. Soon after, about the year 44 A.D. (Acts 12), Peter was cast into prison in Jerusalem by Herod, but he was released by an angel. To make matters more clear, the Bible tells us that Peter was the Apostle to the Jews. The clear evidence is there.” I did not doubt the evidence, but what surprised me was that these priests and monks believed that which was against their own religion and on top of that, to admit it to others was something out of this world. Christian Biblical Church of God ©2020 P.O. I also spoke with Dr. Nelson Glueck, archaeologist and president of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is also very interesting and highly significant that priest Bagatti, in his attempt to neutralize his original statement and the consternation the discovery had and would have if it were generally known, says in reference to the name Simon Bar Jona (St. Peter), “It may be some other relative of St. Peter, because names were passed on from generation to generation.” In other words he says that Peter’s name, Simon Bar Jona, could have been given him from a relative of the same name of generations before him, or, could belong to a relative generations after St. Peter…First of all, it could not refer to a relative before St. Peter for the Christian burial ground could only have come into being after Jesus began. One of the most important books we've yet published. Nothing is said about them, and only after persistent questioning will the Roman Catholic priest, who acts as guide, tell you that those things (images, etc.) Since then multiplied millions were thereby deceived into believing that the remains of St. Peter were there, which the hierarchy had all along known was not true, as is proven by the late Pope's declaration. The following was published in Newsweek of July 1, 1957: 'It was in 1950 that Pope Pius XII in his Christmas message announced that the tomb of St. Peter had indeed been found, as tradition held, beneath the immense dome of the Cathedral (there was, however, no evidence that the bones uncovered there belonged to the body of the martyr).' The source of this rumor, written in Italian, was not clear; it left considerable room for doubt, or rather wonder. Peterâs Life Before Christ. Excavation was started and there a large underground Christian burial ground was uncovered. T he Apostle Peter is one of the great stories of a changed life in the Bible. "In Jerusalem I spoke to many Franciscan priests who all said, finally, though reluctantly, that the bones of Simon Bar Jona (St. Peter) were found in Jerusalem on the Franciscan monastery site called Dominus Flevit (where Jesus was supposed to have wept over Jerusalem) on the Mount of Olives … where the names of Christian Biblical characters were found on the ossuaries (bone boxes). There was just one exception which is interesting and which only proves the point. Finally one priest dropped some information. The direct anecdotal references to a host of figures of that period, including Milik, Baggatti, Albright, Gleuck, and even Pope Pius XII are fascinating in their own right. 2:1, 8), Peter being mentioned. "… In spite of the statements by the high Papal authority above and the resultant lesson that should have been learned, the Pope, a year later claimed the Prof. Margherita bones as those of St. Peter. The ossuary was found in 1953 on the Mt. I have spoken on the subject to many Franciscan priests who either were or had been in Jerusalem, and they all agree that the tomb and remains of St. Peter are in Jerusalem. History, likewise, would not have been silent on the subject, as they were not silent in the case of the Apostle Paul. Volume I: Jerusalem: Part 1. WHERE ARE THE TWELVE DISCIPLES BURIED Saint Peter â The Papal Basilica of St. Peter â Vatican City Saint Paul â Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls â Rome, Italy For a while all was well until another hitch developed. It is little known or discussed by Catholic pilgrims. under the large dome and Brandini serpentine columns. I consequently determined to go to Jerusalem to see for myself, if possible, that which appeared to be almost unbelievable, especially since it came from priests who naturally, because of the existing tradition that Peter was buried in Rome, would be the last ones to welcome such a discovery or to bring it to the attention of the world. It must, therefore, be concluded that if the whole subject is faced with detached objectivity, the conclusion must inevitably be reached that Peter was never in Rome. “I was very much convinced with you – … that the remains found in the ossuary … were those of St. Peter.” This confirms the talk I had with the Franciscan monk in Bethlehem and the story he told me of Priest Bagatti’s going to the Pope with the evidence concerning the bones of St. Peter in Jerusalem. It went on like that for some time until I got the whole picture, and I was finally directed to where I could see the evidence for myself. We Have Seen His Star in the East: What Was the Christmas Star? You can also see this for yourself on the Mount of Olives on the Franciscan Convent site called, “Dominus Flevit”. If Peter were Pope it would have been no different. Our latest booklet, written by Duncan Macleod, thoughtfully examines the science behind Atheist beliefs. Pfann’s latest thoughts are found on his University of Holy Land Studies Web site here. It fell upon them in this manner, as I was told by a Franciscan monk of the monastery of Dominus Flevit. Nonetheless, given the rather narrow chronological window represented by limestone ossuary use in Jerusalem in the one hundred year period before its destruction in 70 CE such identifications with personages mentioned in our New Testament records are possible if not probably. These ossuaries would then be placed in a cave as in the case of this Christian burial ground and thus making room for others. However, he does raise a question which helps him to get out of the situation without altogether contradicting himself and at the same time putting a smoke screen around the truth. I also spoke to a Franciscan priest in authority at the priest’s printing plant within the walls of old Jerusalem, where their book on the subject was printed. These seven are distinguished by a star (*). In fact, all those who were hated by the Jewish leaders, as Jesus was, could never have been allowed to be buried within the gates of the Holy City. There is no solid evidenceâtextual or even archaeologicalâthat Peter died in Rome. John is traditionally regarded as the only apostle to die of old age. I wrote to him, however, on March 15, 1960, as follows: “I have spoken with a number of Franciscan priests and monks and they have told me about you and the book of which you are a co-writer. Peterâs Alleged Tomb (Vatican, June 2009) COGwriter. The story of the discovery was there, but it seemed to be purposely hidden for much was lacking. Copyright @ 2017 James Tabor | Design by NoLimitProductions.ca |SmartBlog by ThemeForest. Pfann reads the name of the father as BarZillai, the name of a priestly family known to us from the time of David and mentioned in Ezra 2:61. The initial of Christ in Greek was written there which would never have been found in a Jewish, Arab or pagan cemetery. JAMES THE GREATER was buried at â¦ This time, as fate would have it, the bones in connection with the skull which was guarded for centuries as that of St. Peter, were found incompatible to the more recent bones of St. Peter. Eusebius, one of the most learned men of his time, wrote the Church history up to the year 325 A.D. (Excerpts from personal account by F. Paul Peterson). Again they turned their thoughts to the filed-away bones, the only hope they had of success. It fell upon them in this manner, as I was told by a Franciscan monk of the monastery of “Dominus Flevit”. In all the cemetery, nothing was found (as also in the Catacombs in Rome) which resemble Arab, Jewish, Catholic or pagan practices. According to some, the results of this archaeological research proved that Peter was really buried in the Vatican. About the year 64, St. Peter was crucified head downward in the Circus, or Arena, of Nero on the Vatican Hill. He was, no doubt, placed there to hide the facts, but his actions and words, spoke more convincingly about the discovery than those priests who finally admitted the truth. "When Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary to be an article of faith in 1950, the Catholic Church in Jerusalem then quickly sold the tomb of Mary to the Armenian Church. The tomb where Jesus lay was made for Joseph of Arimathaea. But what makes the possibility of error more remote is that the remains were found in a Christian burial ground, and more yet, of the first century, the very time in which Peter lived. For a fuller treatment, accessible to the non-specialist, see Jack Fingegan’s The Archaeology of the New Testament (Princeton: Princeton University Press, reprt 1979), pp. The story of the discovery was there, but it seemed to be purposely hidden for much was lacking. Then there is a discrepancy in the date, for Peter was martyred around the year 62 A.D. and not 160 A.D. Thirdly, why is it that they mention nothing about finding bones under or around the sign? It appears that she was protecting her 'Peter's bones' from another possible disaster, which a wrong age would have caused. In all the cemetery, nothing was found (as also in the Catacombs in Rome) which resembles Arab, Jewish, Catholic or pagan practices…. Anyone, including myself, would readily agree with Dr. Glueck that if only the name Simon Bar Jona on the ossuary was all the evidence that was available it would not be conclusive evidence that it was of the Apostle Peter, though it would certainly be a strong indication. We lack historical proof. So, even if Peter died in Rome, which is out of the question, surely the pagan cemetery under St. Peter's Basilica would be the last place in which he would have been buried…. Francescani, in Jerusalem. His family were all stout and short of stature. (The Pope's statement that the remains of St. Peter were found under St. Peter's in Rome.) Then the article continues, 'The hundreds of Popes and millions of Roman Catholics who have accepted and venerated the other skull were innocent victims of another early tradition.'. Soon after that he met Peter in Antioch, and as Paul says he 'withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed,' Gal. With permission I reproduce this edited version of an article on this ossuary written in 1960 by F. Paul Peterson just when the discovery of the cemetery complex with its interesting clusters of names had caused a stir in certain quarters of the Protestant Christian world. As I have mentioned, I had a very agreeable talk with priest Milik, but I did not have the opportunity to see priest Bagatti while in Jerusalem. Paul lived and wrote in Rome, but he declared, 'only Luke is with me.'". The relics were discovered during excavations begun under St Peter's Basilica in the years following the death in 1939 of Pope Pius XI, who had asked to be buried â¦ We're now offering the book with four accompanying CDs, "God’s Plan for Mankind Revealed—by His Sabbath and Holy Days" at no charge and with no obligation. The editors of CIIP were apparently unaware of Pfann’s alternative suggestion. Apparently, Peter left Jerusalem and went to Babylon. It contains 704 inscriptions, on ossuaries and other surfaces, that date to the area of Jerusalem in the 1st century BCE/CE. He responded in a very profound and majestic tone of voice, “The Tomb of St. Peter has never been found in Jerusalem.” “Oh,” I said, “but I have seen the burial place of Peter with my own eyes.”…”What,” he replied, “you a foreigner mean to tell me that you know where the tomb of St. Peter is when I have been an official guide for thirty-five years and know every inch of ground in Jerusalem?” I was afraid that he would jump at my throat. St. Peter's tomb is near the west end of a complex of mausoleums that date between about AD 130 and AD 300. It was Paul who was the Apostle to the Gentiles, and both history and the Bible tells of his being in Rome. âSt. Before Jesus died, he entrusted his mother Mary to the beloved disciple (John 19:26â27), who is most widely believed to be John.. (Aramaic is very similar to Hebrew). Peter had to die and be buried somewhere; and the OVERWHELMING CHRISTIAN TRADITION has been in agreement, from the EARLIEST TIMES, that it was actually in Rome that Peter died. I had asked an elderly official guide where the tomb of St. Peter was. According to Catholic legend, seven of the Apostles are buried at Rome. Rome was the place where I could investigate the matter, and if such proved encouraging, a trip to Jerusalem might be necessary in order to gather valuable firsthand information on the subject. Even though he was a Christian, it was possible to bury the Apostle Paul in a Roman necropolis, due to his Roman citizenship. "The Catholic Church says that Peter was Pope in Rome from 41 to 66 A.D., a period of twenty-five years, but the Bible shows a different story. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. These ossuaries would then be placed in a cave as in the case of this Christian burial ground and thus making room for others. Rome was the place where I could investigate the matter, and if such proved encouraging, a trip to Jerusalem might be necessary in order to gather valuable first hand information on the subject. 'A thorough account in English of the discoveries beneath St. Peter's was now available … by British archaeologists Jocelyn Toynbee and John Ward Perkins. The tomb dates between 130 and 300. The most prominent of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. 235-237) I published a photo of an fragment of an 1st century CE limestone ossuary, or burial box, inscribed with the name “Simon bar Jonah,” a rare patronym used by Jesus one time in Matthew 16:17 to refer to Simon Peter: And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! St. Peterâs Basilica in Vatican City, the traditional burial site of the apostle Peter. 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