Below is a detail from the cover of the CEV Learning Bible:
The strange squiggles at the top are Hebrew for Yeshua which most take to be the rendering of Jesus’ name in the 1st Century CE.
My question is: Where does this inscription come from? The photo credit is to the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives.
This image also appears on page 2182 with the caption “Yeshua, name inscribed on stone coffin, around A.D. 100.
I really like the CEV Learning Bible but it has perhaps the ugliest cover I have ever seen:
For a Bible edition that aims to make the Bible accessible and compelling for non-scholars the cover is about as off-putting as possible. Some scritches on stone and some stumpy looking archaeological ruins. Then there’s this mysterious black hole in the middle of the cover with “The Learning” being sucked into it presumably to be lost forever.
The shame of the whole thing is that the contents of this book are absolutely fantastic. There is the CEV text, my absolute favorite, together with a modest number of helpful study notes. But the highlight is artwork ancient and modern on almost every page. The paintings, drawings and more illuminating the Bible stories by artists from all over the world and throughout the centuries is unique in Bible versions.
For conspiracy theorists I’ll throw out a little tidbit to chew on: What is the implication of a study Bible that shows a tomb inscription of Jesus on the front cover?
Thanks for help in tracking down the origin of this inscription. And all comments on this Bible cover are welcome (within the guidelines of course… )
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Here’s the detail from page 2182 per Rick’s request (click on image to enlarge):