Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 6

Transfiguration of Jesus
(In Byzantine Art)

«This is a 15th century fresco from Kiev. [Showing] Jesus in a rocket type device[1]

Other ancient alien believers describe this picture as Jesus within a rocket, rising upwards, even claiming to see a wake being left behind from the thrust of the engine(s).

I don’t think so.

In order to understand the truth behind the symbolism contained in this scene all one needs to do is refer to the Gospels.

From Mark 9:2-8:

«2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them;

«3 and his garments became glistering, exceeding white, so as no fuller on earth can whiten them.

«4 And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

«5 And Peter answereth and saith to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

«6 For he knew not what to answer; for they became sore afraid.

«7 And there came a cloud overshadowing them: and there came a voice out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son: hear ye him.

«8 And suddenly looking round about, they saw no one any more, save Jesus only with themselves.»[2]

With these words the Gospel of Mark is describing the “Transfiguration of Jesus.”[2][3]

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament in which Jesus is transfigured (or metamorphosed) and becomes radiant upon a mountain.[3]

Transfiguration by Alexandr Ivanov, 1824
In these accounts Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him.[3]

The Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth.[3]

Here we find the almost identical byzantine style used throughout the centuries:

Conclusions: Nothing mysterious here. This 15th century fresco from Kiev doesn’t contain any UFOs or rockets. It is simply a representation of the Transfiguration of Jesus, as described in Mark 9:2-8, in the Byzantine style.

* The information contained herein is based primarily on the work of Diego Cuoghi and the sources listed below:
2. Mark 9:2-8
3. Transfiguration of Jesus (Wikipedia)


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