Ancient Nativity Scene Pre-Dates The Birth Of Christ By 3,000 Years

Jan 05, 2017 by Will Maule

Roughly 5,000 years ago, an artist in Egypt painted an apparent nativity scene onto the rocks of a small cave. Whilst it is difficult to make out the exact depiction found in the painting, it strongly resembles the Christmas nativity scene. The Egyptian scene, the oldest one known, includes two adults, a baby between them ascending, some animals and a dot above them and to the right, possibly indicating a star in the east, reports Ancient Origins. 

The painting is the oldest known nativity scene ever discovered, and the researchers have named it 'The Cave of the Parents.' “It's a very evocative scene which indeed resembles the Christmas nativity. But it predates it by some 3,000 years," geologist Marco Morelli, who discovered the painting, told Seeker.com. He is director of the Museum of Planetary Sciences in Prato, Italy. "The discovery has several implications as it raises new questions on the iconography of one of the more powerful Christian symbols.”

The 5,000-year-old rock painting in this photo by Marco Morelli, via Seeker.com, may depict a Nativity-type scene like the 2,000-year-old scenes of Jesus’ birth

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