The researcher from the Polytechnic University of Valencia Manuel Zarco provides indications that the Holy Chalice that is kept in the Cathedral of Valencia It can be him used by Jesus at the Last Supper after an "unprecedented" discovery that links a quote from the Apocalypse with the agate cup of this Grail.
According to the study of this professor of Applied Statistics of the UPV, in which the Spanish Center of Sindonology has collaborated and which has been published recently, this quote (chapter 15, verse 2) of the Apocalypse "supposedly matches the characteristics of the cup of agate ".
Zarzo details that this study provides new signs of the authenticity of the Holy Chalice that is preserved in the Valencian seo, specifically on the hypothesis that the agate stone cup was the one used by Jesus of Nazareth at the Last Supper, "for the piece intermediate and the foot are from the medieval era ".
In his research, Zarzo has made a discovery that claims to be "unpublished": a quote from the Apocalypse that seems to match the characteristics of the agate cup of the Holy Grail of Valencia.
"This is the next verse: 'I saw a kind of transparent sea streaked with fire' (version of the Bible of Our People). Instead of 'transparent', a translation more faithful to the original Greek text would be 'hyaline', a term that means translucent, "says the researcher.
As he explains, the Jewish people designated with the proper name "Sea" a huge bronze vessel with hemispherical shape located in the atrium of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem.
"In this way, the quote in question of the Apocalypse could be interpreted as a translucent hemispherical vessel streaked with fire," he adds.
A description, he points out, that corresponds "reasonably" with the agate cup of the Holy Chalice of Valencia, because it has the shape of "Sea" and "although it does not look like it, it is quite translucent and acquires an orange hue when it is illuminated from the inside , with a certain resemblance to a flame of fire when distinguishing bands in vertical of brown-reddish color alternated with other lighter ones ".
The results of this research have been published recently in the annual journal Cauriensia and Cuadernos de Teología
The results of this research have recently been published in the annual magazine Cauriensia and Cuadernos de Teología.
According to this Valencian researcher, it is one of the strongest signs that support the authenticity of the Holy Chalice, since the author of the Apocalypse belongs to the Johannine school founded by the Apostle Saint John, who witnessed the Last Supper.
To defend the connection of the Holy Chalice with the Apocalypse, Professor Zarzo has made an exhaustive exegesis (concrete interpretation, especially of a biblical text) of this event, studying how it was interpreted in the first centuries of Christianity and in modern times.
"The context where this verse is inserted is consistent with the interpretation of this container in the form of 'Sea' as a Eucharistic chalice," says Zarzo.
In addition, he has studied a very similar quote that also mentions "a kind of translucent sea" (Revelation 4, verse 6) and that could supposedly refer to another container in the form of "Sea" which, in this case, could be a pile baptismal.
It also suggests that some elements of the Holy Chalice work could be inspired by chapter 4 of the Apocalypse, such as the four wheel-shaped rings sketched in the middle part of the chalice, just below the agate cup, which could symbolize the tetramorphs. mentioned in this book of the Bible.
"This representation is illustrated in various comments of the Apocalypse that circulated in the north of the Peninsula in medieval times," he says.
On the other hand, this researcher suggests that the twenty-four pearls at the foot of the Holy Chalice could symbolize the twenty-four elders with white robes and golden crowns sitting around the heavenly throne described in the biblical text.
Last February, the doctoral thesis of art historian Ana Mafé presented at the University of Valencia (UV) linked the chalice of the Cathedral of Valencia with the Holy Grail through a historiographical study of the piece that states that "it complies with all the requirements "to come from the Jerusalem of the 1st or 2nd century BC.
The twenty-four pearls at the foot of the Holy Chalice could symbolize the twenty-four elders in white robes and golden crowns sitting around the celestial throne described in the biblical text