What?! Get outta here! No way! No way. I'm both shocked and amazed.
Earliest Reference Describes Christ as 'Magician'
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
Oct. 1, 2008 -- A team of scientists led by renowned French marine
archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl,
dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that
is engraved with what they believe could be the world's first known reference to
If the word "Christ" refers to the Biblical Jesus Christ, as is speculated, then the discovery may provide evidence that Christianity and paganism at times intertwined in the ancient world.
Also rich: the headline seems to imply this might undermine the whole "Son of God" thing, which is just silly. That a pagan saw (or heard of) miraculous healings and such and thought, "Hm, magic!" is not at all unlikely. It also doesn't even put a dent in the Truth of the thing.