Ancient Christian manuscripts seized in Denizli

Ancient Christian manuscripts seized in Denizli

DENİZLİ – Anadolu Agency
Ancient Christian manuscripts seized in Denizli

Turkish police seized two ancient Christian manuscripts on April 9 dating back 1,500 years from smugglers who planned to sell the artifacts in western Turkey. 

Police forces received a tip-off on the location of the codices, finding them in a vehicle in the western city of Denizli and arresting two suspects. 

Researchers from Pamukkale University’s archaeology department examining the colored-papyrus manuscripts said they were Egyptian in origin and written as invocations for protection from Jesus Christ. 

They added that the manuscripts were believed to protect against certain diseases. 

The suspects were released pending trial.

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