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That’s because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago.
Many sites around the world claim to hold relics of the saint, including the Grand Mosque in Damascus which says it has his head.
Countries around the Mediterranean claiming to have remains include Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt.
The right hand with which the prophet allegedly baptised Jesus in the River Jordan is also claimed to be held by several entities, including a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Montenegro.
“We were surprised when the radiocarbon dating produced this very early age,” said Oxford Professor Tom Higham, who led the study.
Scientists from the University of Copenhagen analysed the DNA of the bones, finding they came from a single individual, probably a man, from a family in the modern-day Middle East, where John would have lived.
While these findings do not offer conclusive evidence, they also don't refute the theory first proffered by the Bulgarian archaeologists who found the remains while excavating under an ancient church on the island.
St John, who is especially revered by the Eastern Orthodox Church, foretold the coming of Christ before being beheaded on the orders of King Herod, with his head served up on a plate.Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists.