"There are five million ancient texts that deal with Christ and the apostles," said Glenn Kimball, an expert on arcane manuscripts, who appeared on Tuesday's show. In addition to offering lore about the life of Jesus, Kimball discussed the ancient history of the Americas, which he believes may have been visited by everyone from the Vikings, to the Egyptians to England's King Arthur. "We are people that bury our own history. We have institutionalized that part of history out of existence," Kimball said, explaining why these visitations aren't more widely known or accepted.
Among Kimball's revelations about Jesus, were that he fathered children and also traveled to Tibet and India before his return to Jerusalem. Upon his resurrection, Kimball said texts refer to "multiple resurrections" taking place simultaneously. Orders were made to "seal the tombs of Rome to keep the dead from walking the street," Kimball said, who connected the subsequent All Saints Day (Halloween) with this event. Kimball also spoke of various texts that indicate Jesus was highly regarded in such religions as Buddhism and Islam. But Christians are the biggest culprits of hiding texts of the actual Christ, he added.
Glenn Kimball has been associated with the publication Ancient American, which examines archaeological evidence that may indicate there were non-indigenous visitors here before the time of Columbus. For instance, in the article Christ in North America writer Wayne May takes a look at the controversial "Michigan Plates," relics which were first reported in a newspaper in 1879. The objects "feature portrayals of familiar scenes mostly of the Old Testament and three or more, undeciphered written scripts, together with depictions of what appear to be persons from Europe or the Near East in hostile interaction with Native Americans," May writes.
Although dismissed by most archaeologists as being fraudulent, some antiquarians believe the artifacts were made by an "Old World" religious community who lived in the Michigan area during the fourth century A.D. or before. May reports that thousands of related tablets were unearthed by locals clearing forests and roads over a seventy year period in a large swath of the Midwest, which to him makes forgery or fraud a less likely possibility.
Today, many of these relics are housed by the Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, who believe they may be connected to their Book of Mormon, in which founder Joseph Smith translated "divine revelations." For more on the connection between the Book of Mormon and the Michigan artifacts, check out Salt Lake City Weekly's article: Burden of Proof.
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