COURTESY OF THE BADIA EPIGRAPHIC SURVEY PROJECT
JESUS WAS (WORSHIPED) HERE. Among the inscriptions found in Wadi al-Khudari was this memorial text (this drawing identifies the various elements that make up the unique inscription). Its author, Wahb-El, closes his remembrance with a prayer invoking a divine entity called ‘sy, likely pronounced Īsay. Astonishingly, such spelling corresponds to the name of Jesus as found in the Quran. Is this the earliest known reference in Arabia to Jesus?