• One theory to explain the Star of Bethlehem is that it was a Comet. Chinese Astrologers recorded a long tail comet in 5BC which could be a clue to Jesus’ year of birth.
• Myrrh, one of the gifts given by the Three Wise Men in the story of Jesus’ Nativity is still used today in herbal medicine, due to its antibiotic qualities.
• Leprosy is mentioned several time in the Bible but people still suffer from the disease today. There are hundreds of thousands of sufferers in India alone.
• Stoning a person to death was a common form of execution in Jesus’ time and was the punishment given to blasphemers.
• According to legend, Saint Peter, one of Jesus’ Apostles, is believed to have demanded to die by being crucified upside down as he felt that he was unworthy to die like Jesus.
• Tilapia is a kind of fish which is also known as St. Peter’s fish.
• The traditional view is that Jesus’ disciples were all male, but his female followers also played a crucial part in his life and Ministry, using their own money to provide for Jesus and the rest of Jesus’ disciples.
• There are no descriptions of Jesus’ appearance in the Gospels. Some of the earliest depictions of Jesus showed him as a youthful man without a beard. The beard was later added, starting around the 5th Century.
• The Shroud of Turin is the most studied Christian relic of all time but it still remains a source of controversy and mystery.
• Death by crucifixion was an excruciatingly painful form of execution. Its victims would usually die of asphyxiation due to the weight of the body on the diaphragm.
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