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A forest of medieval crosses and names of martyrs discovered in the desert of Saudi Arabia

All the Jews and Christians were killed off in Saudi Arabia. One day when these occupiers have been finished and cleared off and the land is free from their dark presence, what doors will open to research the history of the region.

One keep wondering just how much more we’d know about both Jewish/ Hebrew/ Israelite history, and the history of Christianity, including the canonical texts of both groups, if Islam had never been invented. Just how many records – priceless torah scrolls and all sorts of other things – and early manuscripts or even (who knows?) original manuscripts of things like the Christian gospels – were destroyed in the initial jihad assaults or in all the pogroms, synagogue and church burnings, pillagings, sackings of villages, towns and cities (with concomitant destruction of reliigious communities and their libraries and of private or school libraries) that went on , and on, and on, subsequent to that initial conquest? The real miracle is that *anything* of the pre-islamic artefacts and written documents has survived at all. And the same goes for India, in spades; how much more would we know about their deep history and their ideas and literature, if Muslims had never invaded and destroyed all those temples and cities and places like the University of Nalanda?



A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia


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A Franco-Saudi archaeological team is responsible for the discovery. Prof Frédéric Imbert dated the graffiti to 470-475, a time when anti-Christian persecution began, culminating under the usurper Yusuf. Even the Qur’an refers to it indirectly. The findings show how far Christianity had spread at the time, until the arrival of Islam.

A forest of medieval crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia

(picture by F. Imbert)

Beirut (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A forest of crosses engraved in the rocks of the desert of Saudi Arabia is a sign of the presence of a vibrant Christian community around the fifth century AD.

Unearthed by a Saudi-French archaeological team, the graffiti include inscriptions with a number of biblical and Christian names, perhaps those of martyrs killed during a wave of persecution in the fifth century.

L’Orient-Le Jour reported that Prof Frédéric Imbert, a professor at the University of Aix-Marseille and a member of the team, presented his findings at a conference at the American University of Beirut on the rock engravings of Jabal Kawkab (“Star Mountain”), in Najran, southern Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia medieval Christian graffiti


[Early Islamic graffiti discovered in Saudi Arabia in November of 2012.]

The area is called Bi’r Hima or Abar Hima, names “that refer to places with wells known since ancient times.” According to Imbert, an epigrapher, the area is located on the route “that connected Yemen to Najran” where caravans could be resupplied in water.

Inscriptions were found with crosses, scattered over a one-square kilometre. Some inscriptions appear to be in a local version of Aramaic, a pre-Islamic form of Arabic, Nabataean-Arabic to be more precise.

The inscriptions have been dated to the reign of Shurihbil Yakkuf, who controlled southern Arabia in 470-475. The persecution of Christians appears to have started under his rule.

It is interesting to note that the names Marthad and Rabi were found inscribed on the crosses. Both are on the list of martyrs of Najran, in the so-called Book of Himyarites.

[Nabataean tombs complex in the desert archaeological site of Madain Saleh, in Al Ula city]

In order to understand crosses and rock inscriptions, it is necessary to know that back in the 3rd century AD, southern Arabia was ruled by the Ḥimyarite dynasty, which lasted for about 150 years.

In order to maintain its neutrality between the two great powers of the time, the Byzantine and Persian empires, its kings chose Judaism as their religion.

However, Christianity began to spread in Arabia in the fourth century. By “the sixth century, it reached the Gulf region, Najran and the Yemen coast”.

The missionary activities of Christians from Iran’s Sassanid Empire and Monophysite Christians from Syria hostile to the Council of Chalcedon (on Christ’s dual nature) favoured the spread of Christianity. Two Syriac bishops, probably from what is now Iraq, were consecrated in 485 and 519.

Later, Yusuf (Dhu Nuwas) seized power in the Kingdom of Ḥimyar, ordering the massacre of Christians in Najran, an event reported in several Christian chronicles, with a reference even in the Qur’an, in Shura Al-Burūj (The Celestial Stations).

When Christian survivors sent an appeal to Khaleb, King of Ethiopia, he organised a military expedition to rescue the persecuted. Yusuf’s army was defeated and the usurper himself was killed. A Christian kingdom was established in Arabia, as an Ethiopian protectorate, until it was conquered by Islam.

For Frédéric Imbert, the crosses and the inscriptions are “the oldest book of the Arabs,” written “on desert stones,” a “page of Arab and Christian history”.



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And there’s more:


Bir Hima lies to the north of Najran in southern Saudi Arabia, on the edge of the great Rub’ al Khali desert. Around 300 individual sites contain petroglyphs (rock carvings) dating back to 5,500 B.C. Human figures are shown in hunting scenes and performing ritual dances. The drawings show that this region’s climate was cooler in ancient times, sustaining cattle, ibex, lion, baboons and even giraffes and ostriches.

The Rub’ al Khali or ‘Empty Quarter’ is a vast desert, covering much of the southern half of the Arabian peninsula, and, at 650,000 square kilometres, an area larger than France. The harsh conditions of the Empty Quarter mean it has seldom been inhabited or even explored by humans. The sand dunes rise to 1000 feet and on an average summer day the temperature reaches 55 degrees centigrade.

Fragment with the head of a man, ist-2nd century C.E.. Found at Qaryat al-Faw in Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Arhtur M. Sackler Gallery.

Gold funerary mask found at Thaj, Tell al-Zayer, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

This bronze head was originally part of a life-sized statue. 1st century BCE-2nd century CE.  Found at  Qaryat al-Faw, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.



Human depictions in Saudi Rock Art
Saudi Arabia Unveils Ancient Treasures





8 thoughts on “A forest of medieval crosses and names of martyrs discovered in the desert of Saudi Arabia

  1. Jews and christians were massacring each other in was disgusting..until their mutual genocides were put to a stop by the advent of Islam.


  2. This appears to be evidence showing the complicity of the talmudic pharisees in the invention of islam since it was the followers of judaism that were perpetrating the genocide of christians even before islam arrived on the scene. Islam was created in hatred for Jesus Christ and his followers, by jews. This is clear.


  3. Are they going to let the world know about the genuine Sinai? The New Testament tells us it is in Arabia, not where Constantine’s mother Helena, decided to put it. Many discoveries have been made but Saudi closed it off for it proved the story of the Exodus Also the proposed bridge between Egypt and Saudi seems near to the crossing place. I wonder if they will use that only shallow place to anchor the bridge supports? Interesting times.


  4. “The drawings show that this region’s climate was cooler in ancient times, sustaining cattle, ibex, lion, baboons and even giraffes and ostriches.” – Islam is a religion of peace. And, humans’ recent mass use of fossil fuels has caused global warming (aka Climate Change.). Hey, it all fits !…..into the Left’s/ Progressives’/Globalists’ holy book of Lies. Not a believer ? Then you’re a Climate Denier of “clear evidence,” a racist, a Disbeliever, or Apostate. Feel the chastisement/torment/fire.


  5. I wonder just how long this will last now that it has been made public. You can be certain that at least 10,000 lunatics from a certain ideology will be charging over there with hammer, chisels and C4 to remove all trace of it. They are NOT barbarians. That is too kind they are sub animal scum and even a plant is more useful and less dangerous to the planet


    • As they said when they burned Alexandria’s library, if it contains anything to do with Islam they already know it, and thus do not need it. If it contains anything before Islam then it is not enlightened, and thus do not need it.


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