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Historians claim holy grail found in Spanish church

Historians Claim Holy Grail Found In Spanish Church

It's a sacred object that's been shrouded in mystery for centuries. We're talking, of course, about the Holy Grail. Now, some historians claim they've discovered the legendary chalice.

ABC details how "two historians claim that this is the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. It had been on display in a church in Spain. The onyx goblet is now encased in a gold chalice."

But this time around, some say there's reason now to believe this is the real deal. The researchers spent three years studying it.

KFSN says "they say it's been there since the 11th century, and while scientific data proves the cup was made between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D., the scientists admit they don't know where the cup was for the first 400 years."

So, maybe this isn't the cup that Jesus drank out of during the Last Supper, but who knows?

The Irish Times explains the two historians behind the research say the onyx chalice is contained within another antique cup.

"The duo had initially been researching the history of some Islamic remains in the Saint Isidore basilica. However, their discovery of two medieval Egyptian documents which mentioned the chalice of Christ caused them to change course."

And Fox News reports, according to parchments, Muslims took the cup from Jerusalem to Cairo. Then it was given away, but eventually came into possession of King Ferdinand of Castile, who was a Christian.

We can't say for sure this latest discovery ever touched Christ's lips. If the Holy Grail does exist, historians have said said it could be anywhere from Jerusalem to Italy.

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db1219 April 01 2014 at 7:14 PM

Jesus was a carpenter. I highly doubt that he could have afforded a GOLD chalice. He probably had a chalice made out of either glass or clay. This is NOT the Holy Grail.

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jjaycedar April 01 2014 at 11:02 PM

Who Cares? The Bible tells it's believers not to use idolitry and symbols. To only pray to God Himself, or the Son of God, if you believe the New Testament. Things like a wine goblet, a brass cross, praying to Mary seem like hieracy to me.

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cangelo629 jjaycedar April 01 2014 at 11:16 PM

Christ is menton in the historical books that were found in the Roman library written by the Historian Josephfrom that time along with the writtings of Jewish Sandhidrian who opposed him... Beside the Gospels

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rarriagaz jjaycedar April 01 2014 at 11:33 PM

Jay, you appear to have a misconception about how Mary is seen by those who respect her as the mother or God Incarnate. She is not prayed to she is beseeched to pray for us. When the Hair Mary is recited, it is specifically states "Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with the. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." Amen. The misconception about Mary being worshiped or prayed to is not correct. She is recognized and adored as having influence on our Lord Jesus Christ in the Parable of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Thus, it is understood by the faithful that as Jesus earthly mother she is an important religious figure that can if asked, Pray for us to her son Jesus Christ through whose name we can and do go to Almighty God. I do hope that clears up your and others misunderstanding of Mother Mary's importance in the lives of the faithful.

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doccus April 01 2014 at 8:52 PM

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Read the article before commenting and you would see that the cup in question is housed in the antique cup. What is shown is the two together. Is it the cup Christ used at the Last Supper? Does it matter?

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IMZARIN2 April 01 2014 at 12:24 PM

When anyone says "anything" is connected with Jesus of Nazareth, I have serious doubts. First of all, the cup that may have touched his lips during the last supper would have been the humblest and simplest of objects. Nothing Jesus would have possessed would have been anything but the most common of objects. So an onyx cup is difficult to accept. Moreover, the etiology of any object connected to his life most likely could not be traced back far enough to be remotely reasonable. That is because a gap of 400 years exists between the times in which he supposedly lived and when it was government policy in the Eastern Roman Empire (under Justinian) to find such objects. Anyone could have claimed anything was touched by him and get away with it. If all the pieces of wood connected to the cross Jesus was supposedly crucified on could be reassembled, you could probably build a house with them. The only proof the Catholic Church might accept is if a verifiable miracle could be connected to this cup and even that would be debatable.

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orion15stars IMZARIN2 April 01 2014 at 12:56 PM

You are correct about that. Anything used would have looked as they do on the following linked website:


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adhocal April 01 2014 at 11:08 PM

Be serious....there is no way that the disciples who could hardly scrounge up enough money to eat and exist would have a cup like this either in their possession or would have access to it. If you want to believe the writings about him, Jesus would not have used trappings like this at the Passover meal. This is just another scam, either being perpetrated now, or perpetrated eons ago and people are still buying into it. Just like all the "bones" or the "wood" from the cross. Ye gods people..get real and get a life.

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jechandle adhocal April 01 2014 at 11:53 PM

Truly as you say, how would people of such meager means have something worth a kings ransom.
An interesting extrapolation on the though that "Jesus would not have used such trappings" is how can so many so-called Christians resolve such a basic tenet of his teachings with Churches building all the elaborate structures, and accumulating such wealth. They just built a Mormon temple nearby, its glistening white walls, and gold statue set atop the spire, and I have to wonder if any of those people have read the Four Gospels.
Not to single the Mormons out by any means. The Catholics have some pretty bangin' digs here and there starting with their own sovereign City State, not to mention all the abbeys in England Henry VIII forced them to vacate which became peerages to the Dukes and Earls.
How wealth is an obstacle to spiritual growth is covered repeatedly, and distinctly in Christian teachings from Jesus telling the wealthy young man that the best way for him to get to heaven was to "sell all you have, and give it to the poor. . . " to the observation that "the love of money is at the root of all sin."
If one ascribes to The Bible, it is absurd to believe that it's God's will for one to have, and hoard material abundance.

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glenn_stark April 01 2014 at 2:42 PM

People will make money off anything, even this.

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solunets glenn_stark April 01 2014 at 2:58 PM

Why I did not think about it, you got and thank you

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pty014372 April 01 2014 at 12:20 PM

I wish at least one person had actually read the story and paid attention to the video. They are saying the "Holy Grail" is the onyx cup within the gold outer piece. Whether it is real or not, it does not excuse the idiocy shown by 99% of the posters on AOL/HP.

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aljoramaggio April 01 2014 at 2:44 PM

It may or may not be "The Holy Grail."
All that is known is that it is an onyx cup, dating from that time, which was later encased in gold and jewels.
What we do know, is that the Passover Seder celebrated by Jesus and His disiples took place in Jerusalem, in the room of a home, borrowed for the occasion.
It may have been the home of one of His more wealthy or prosperous supporters.
Certainly, the best Passover dishes would have been available for their use, to celebrate the occasion.
As far as anyone knows, Jesus probably drank from all kinds of vessels, same as anyone else.
From the simple earthen jar (or tin cup) of the woman at the well of Jacob, to the fancy onyx, gold or silver cups at the home of the wealthy man, where He dined, and was approached and anointed by the repentant woman , with the expensive nard.

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Shirleyjean aljoramaggio April 01 2014 at 2:53 PM

You just said what I was thinking. Right on.

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guitarflight April 01 2014 at 6:52 PM

It is unlikely that such simple living people such as Jesus and the disciples would have had such an elaborate cup.

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missimin guitarflight April 01 2014 at 7:01 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Jesus would only have something that expensive if Joseph of Arimathea gave it to him.

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gordonrobroy guitarflight April 01 2014 at 7:02 PM

right on---he was the simplest of men--must have been the tin can of the day...

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teligraphix April 01 2014 at 12:18 PM

Did any of you read the article? The ornamentation was added much later. This was a simple stone chalice carved from onyx. The gold and jewels were added later to celebrate the chalice being used by Jesus.

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