NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 14, 1978
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(Studio) Photo of painting by Renaissance artist shown, depicting John the Baptist baptizing Jesus Christ. Report from Christian monks in monastery in Egyptian desert that they have found head of John noted; decapitation considered.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Cairo, Egypt) Possible discovery of skull of John the Baptist, who baptized Christ and whose head was cut off on King Herod's orders at request of his stepdaughter, Salome, detailed. Saint Makarios Monastery, site of several discoveries of relics, described. Church legend re: Christians' carrying John's head to Alexandria, Egypt and its later removal to this monastery stated. Reconstruction work at monastery said cause of tomb's discovery. [Reverend Peter JACOB - says generation before him told of legend about burial of John and prophet Elijah, but notes there was no sign in monastery floor of such.] Delay in announcing find reported to be for time to provide facilities for pilgrims. Difficulty in scientific examination of John's skull because several present stated.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
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