Cryptic Aramaic Message Found in Ancient Ritual Cup

A mysterious 2,000-year-old “ritual” cup has been discovered by archaeologists in Jerusalem. Unlike similar cups which have turned up, this one has 10 lines of Aramaic or Hebrew text inscribed within it. So far, the scholars have been unable to translate the message, but they see the Hebrew word for God, YHWH, or Yahweh. The message ap­pears to be deliberately cryptic.

The cup was found near the Zion gate by a team led by two University of North Carolina archaeologists Shimon Gibson and James Tabor. The length of the inscription is unprecedented they say. Usually there are no words in such cups, or, at most, one line. Excavated nearby was a ritual bath.

The cup apparently predates the sacking of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus, a Roman general who would eventually become emperor.

Translation of the inscription, it is hoped, will shed light on the last days of the second temple of Jerusalem which had been built to replace the original lost temple of Solomon, of Old Testament and Masonic fame. The esoteric sig­nificance of such a cup and message, not unlike the Dead Sea Scrolls, is likely to be hotly debated by scholars for years to come.

Ireland Lining Up for Grail Tourism Bucks

Ireland is challenging Scotland for its position as the final resting place of the Holy Grail, said to be the cup from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper and believed by some scholars to have been in the possession of the Knights Templar. The argument from the Irvine Herald newspaper is that instead of Scotland’s Rosslyn chapel, the abbey at Kilwinning makes more sense. According to Jamie Morton, authority on Freemasonry, and an Irishman as well, there were more Knights Templar in Ireland than ever in Scotland. He has compiled, in a new book, his case that after the fall of the Templars in 1307, Kilwinning was the final repository of the Grail.

If the new book leads to an upsurge of tourism to Ireland, comparable to what has happened at Rosslyn following release of the book and movie of The Da Vinci code, then, so be it.

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