Zahi Hawass is the guy you see in the foreground whenever the news crews or documentary makers are training their cameras on Egypt’s archeological digs. He’s secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo. This week he told USA Today that at least a third of his country’s ancient heritage is still waiting to be unearthed.
Maybe it’s hype. Very few people on earth can work the media the way Zahi Hawass can. But imagine the possibilities. The city of Alexandria was the site of many great events and home to great saints and sages of Christian antiquity. Think of the hundreds of lost works of Clement, Origen, Athanasius, and Cyril that might be found.
It’s been a little more than half a century since the discovery of the gnostic library at Nag Hammadi. In the last few weeks alone, this blog has reported the finding of several ancient apocryphal and pseudonymous texts and a complete copy of the Psalms in Coptic, along with ancient Coptic fabrics, and underwater buildings, and assorted Christian artworks and artifacts.
Heck, Egypt is where we got the Gospel of Judas. The country’s climate is singularly suited to the preservation of ancient Christian history. Readers of this blog should wait in joyful hope for what might be discovered.