>The Eternal Embrace

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Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered two Stone Age skeletons in what the archaeologists have called, an “eternal embrace.”

The remains were discovered near Verona, the setting for the story of Romeo and Juliet. The remains are roughly 5,000-year-old. The picture of the embracing couple has become a symbol of enduring love.

Pending further studies of the remains, archaeologists cannot determine yet the gender of the couple. If they are a man and a woman, then their embrace will remind people today that Paul’s statement is true: “Love lasts forever” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Read the story in the National Geographic News.

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Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to >The Eternal Embrace

  1. Natalie says:

    >If they are two men or two women what will that signify? Will it be assumed that they are huddled together for warmth or in fear? Or, will it still be assumed that they are lovers giving more validity to the idea that homosexuality has been around since humanity began?

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  2. >Natalie,Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. If I am not mistaken, archaeologists think they are a brother and a sister, since they are young. One archaeologist believes they are a man and a woman, but they are not sure. As for homosexuality, it has been around for a long time. There are texts more than 4000 old that deal with the issue of homosexuality. However, homosexuality cannot be as old as humanity if the first humans were a man and a woman. Remember, without a man and a woman homosexuality cannot exist.Claude Mariottini

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  3. Jessica says:

    >True love has no sex its beauty either male or female comes from with in. This picture Shows nothing other than that. Its beauty is heart moving and a desire to love and be loved that much in our own life.

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  4. >Jessica,Thank you for visiting my blog. I agree with your comments. What we find in this picture are the remains of two people who were in love in life and in death. Love unites people for eternity. As the Bible says: “Love is stronger than death” (Songs 8:6).Claude Mariottini

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