June 22nd, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Oldest known images of apostles Andrew, John found

The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century A.D., archaeologists announced Tuesday.

The paintings were found in the same location where the oldest known painting of St. Paul was discovered last year, the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology said Tuesday.

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  1. Mike

    hey CNN, where can i find these images you're talking about?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rob

    Thanks to Bryan for the Huffington Post link showing the paintings. They look very "Roman" and therefor are probably as accurate as the bible itself. In case you're nodding going yeah...I am being sarcastic. They don't look any different than depictions of the apostles anyone who grew up under a Catholic regime knows from Church.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    People will believe anything. After the apocalypse Arnold Schwarzenegger will rule with his robot army.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    It's not that hard for an artist to make a copy of a 400 yr old original painting. Copying of important people and books was skilled profession and were well paid. The best art forgeries are copies; you and I couldn't tell the difference. The fact is, the copy is more like the original painting than the original was like the person.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    It is interesting how people who do not believe in God spend so much time criticizing Christians for being delusional, hypocrites, self-serving, etc. Being Christian makes no one perfect. Anyone (Christian, atheists, agnostics, jedis, Jews, etc.)who claims to be perfect and criticizes others for their beliefs are full of themselves. If any nonbeliever had taken time to listen to a mainstream Christian pastor, "religious" has taken on a meaning of being only concerned with Biblical law and not acting like Christ. Many preachers complain that there are too many bad Christians that turn off the non-believers. It is now preached that Christians should not force feeding non-believers Christian doctrine, but should be an example of how a good Christian should act. I have friends who are atheist and agnostic. I don't criticize them for their beliefs. However, they have a problem with my now being Christian.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Anthony Hayward

    Dese pikchurs be fakes becaz they was no apos holes! I know becaz congress praied about my oyl speel and it wuz no yus and work didn't! Therefore no gawd and noo needed apos holes! I sure very that dese pikchurs our uf somebody who important but defeeneetly not apos holes.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dylan

    Why is this news? Let me know when someone finds a picture of Jesus and his posse from the time he was alive, walking on water, raising the dead, turning water into wine, dying and then coming back to life, etc and so on... or give me anything that shows he even really existed. The only records of his 'life' (and death and resurrection) were created many decades after his death, but absolutely nothing exists from the time he was born of a virgin and caught the attention of at least 4 kings (Herod and 3 wisemen/kings from the East), performed miracles in front of large crowds, etc. There is no birth certificate, no death certificate, no tax records, no contemporary writings, no personal writings, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that points to a Jesus, son of a virgin (come on) being alive at the turn of the first century.

    But we have some pictures of his homeboys that were created 300+ years after they supposedly lived, so that's big news. The statues of Zeus in Greece, Osiris in Egypt, Venus in Rome, etc are as much evidence of their existence as these drawings are.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      what about all the others from noah to moses to king david you people better hope god has mercy on those who mock his only son sent to save the dead and lost besides whos fault is it you know not scripture or him or his power but you breath and walk on his place this is the 3 day get ready mockers to deny god and his angels everything else has been taking place he will bring the rest to pass i hope u will love and not hate tell truth not lies love never fails but lies and hate always fail

      June 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Galbinus Caeli

      What is actually funny about all this is that the real news in this story is about a new technique for cleaning calcium carbonate deposits off ancient frescoes. The pictures that were cleaned are slightly interesting for their age and iconography, but the core of the story is that this new method can be applied to reveal dozens, hundreds, or possibly thousands of images that have been lost to view for centuries.

      June 23, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. dave

    I find it amazing how after all this time many people who call themselves Christians are almost always missing Jesus' point. Jesus was a teacher. He spoke of love, compassion, respect, and for treating ALL people with the same love, compassion, and respect. You don't find very much of that from many Christians lately. Most of the time when Christians are ranting about things they always go right to the Old Testement to quote the Bible. Funny how they forget all about the New Testement most of the time. If you say you are a Christian then follow the TEACHINGS of Jesus. It's not how he died and was resurected that matters. It's what Jesus said that matters while he was alive. I feel that if Christians would just read the Bible instead of just taking the word of someone else who read it things might get better on this planet. You don't need a church to pray and you don't need a preacher to tell you what the Bible says. Then again, with the public shool system in the state it is in maybe you can't read the Bible by yourself.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Glad to see some people still have brains!!!

    I have to say..I love these articles (and that is not because of their profesionalism or news itself)! The reason is the comments here. Until recently I thought this country was doomed by the overly religious people. It seemed to me that the States, contrary to my belief before moving here , was all about church, religion, thief ministers preaching to uneducated and ignorant people. Instead of being the country that moves the world ahead with inventions, technology, revolutional ideas what I also found here is ignorance and people afraid of their God!!!!! How can this be?!!! Let go of these stupid ideas and understand that the best and the worst do not come from God but from us. If we channel our energies in the right direction that's all that is needed, instead of wasting time worshipping nonsense...

    June 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nova_man

    So where were Paul and George?...Wha?...it wasn't John and Ringo?...sorry

    June 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fuyuko

    Unfortunately, there is a lot of fraud in religious archaeology. So until I see more info that this is legit, I'm skeptical.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay Howard

    We must never forget that George W. Bush destroyed our nation.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reality

    Wow, you cite and also reproduce textural evidence that the topic saints actually lived and the moderators immediatelly delete the information. Anything over one sentence appears to throw these two.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George Bovs

    Ha ha Ha
    How stupid are people ........we are one tiny planet in quadrillions of planets and we believe that A GOD exists because he came to OUR one...........lol
    As for fear of religion NO ........I was brought up by lesbian nuns .lol

    Religion is man made to keep you all in order ......its use is as a cosh to instill order or fear or both.

    God does not exist .....in any form.

    We invented him.

    ha ha ha absolute joke the people who believe this crap.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      i wont seek truth from a liar anyways and what spirit do you have satan

      June 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JoeBob

    I they know for sure it the apostles....right !

    June 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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