Archaeological discoveries made in the Christian Holy Land could stand a chance to accurately prove the Bible’s account of Jonah, who survived in the belly of a whale for three days.
For years, the biblical story has been a source of controversy among Christians and non christians alike.
Also, there had been no solid evidence of its occurrence, scripture experts and archeologists think otherwis.e
Tom Meyer, a theologian at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, believes there is archaeological evidence that could corroborate the story.
He told Express.co.uk:
“In regards to archaeological evidence demonstrating the historicity of the account of Jonah, the idea of Jonah being resurrected from the watery grave was so believed and prominent in Jewish thought and practice that it became a motif on the ossuaries and tombs of early Jewish Christians.
“A first-century ossuary or bone box was discovered in Jerusalem with a rudimentary inscription of not only the name of Jonah but a rude sketch of him being vomited out of the whale.
“In later centuries the Jonah ‘sign’ became the quintessential expression of Christian belief in the resurrection with over a hundred examples of Jonah images in the Christian catacombs at Rome.”
There also exists a first-hand account of a man who claims to have been swallowed by a whale.
Professor Meyer said:
“In regards to the firsthand account paralleling Jonah, the Princeton Theological Review of October 1927 reports the story of James Bartley who, in 1891 was swallowed by a sperm whale and then rescued two days later by his fellow fishermen near the Falkland Islands.
“According to the report, the whale had attacked their vessel and Bartley was thrown overboard and presumed dead at sea.
“Two days later, the fishermen spotted the same whale floating upon the water, likely dead from constipation. “Upon skinning the whale, they discovered Bartley alive but unconscious inside the whale.
“Though according to the report his skin was bleached by the gastric acids and he was permanently blind from the incident, Bartley lived 18 more years and toured the world recounting his experiences as the modern-day Jonah.
“The only person on record to reject Bartley’s claims was the boat captain’s wife, who was not an eyewitness.”
However, many historians are no convinced by Bartley’s account, finding inconsistencies in his story.
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