The Oxyrhynchus Papyri


In the earliest Christian writings contained in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, the name Jesus was written as "IES" (ιης), linking him with the Phoenician sun god IES (or JES), the Hebrew Nizziz and other such "green men." These writings are found together with a poem to Aphrodite and various Greek works.

Interestingly, a substantial number of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are kept in the world's earliest University museum, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which incidentally is named after Freemason Elias Ashmole. It is kept alongside items from the so-called "Cabinet of Curiosities," including a fabulous collection of astrolabes.