Spanish archaeologists have uncovered what could be the earliest depiction of Jesus Christ.
According to Discovery News, The image was uncovered in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, which is about 100 miles south of Cairo.
The painting, which was discovered in an underground tomb, shows a young man with curly hair who is dressed in a short tunic.
“He is raising his hand as if making a blessing”, said Egyptian archaeologist Josep Padro, who has been excavating at the site for over 20 years.
“We could be dealing with a very early image of Jesus Christ,” said Padro.
He is leading a team of archaeologists from the University of Barcelona, the Catalan Egyptology Society, and the University of Montpelier.
They had to remove over 45 tons of stones just to get to the underground chamber which is believed to be part of the processional route that joins the Nile with the Osireion.
The city Oxyrhynchus, is known for its worship of the Egyptian god of the afterlife, Osiris.
However, the early Jesus depiction is from much later, possibly from the 6th or 7th century AD. The mural was located in a room believed to be the tomb of a young writer and several priests.
Once inside the tomb the archaelogists found a crypt measuring 26 feet long and 20 feet deep. It is not known what it was used for but it is possibly another temple dedicated to Osiris. Located on the walls of the crypt are several different coats of paint followed by last wall which is believed to be from the Coptic period of the first Christians.
It is quite a discovery and archaeologist are now deciphering several images from the walls for meaning as well as translating inscriptions that were in a Coptic language.