It’s is believed among secular scientists that a bowl which has these words; “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS” which has been interpeted as “Christ The Magician.” It seems obvious the owner was aware of the miracles of Jesus Christ, but from the looks of the description, the person might have been a pagan.
No true Christian would call Christ a “Magician” back then or even in modern times. Today the term is generally used a lot by those who hate Christ. Most likely the label on the bowl was actually a positive description of what he or she thought who Christ is.
More news on the bowl and even an alternative hypothesis on who the label is actually referring to…
Goddio explained, “It is very probable that in Alexandria they were aware of the existence of Jesus” and of his associated legendary miracles. Based on Biblical texts, these included transforming water into wine, multiplying loaves of bread, conducting miraculous health cures, and the story of the resurrection. Discovery Channel
Bert Smith, a professor of classical archaeology and art at Oxford University, suggests the engraving might be a dedication, or present, made by a certain “Chrestos” belonging to a possible religious association called Ogoistais.
Klaus Hallof, director of the Institute of Greek inscriptions at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy, added that if Smith’s interpretation proves valid, the word “Ogoistais” could then be connected to known religious groups that worshipped early Greek and Egyptian gods and goddesses, such as Hermes, Athena and Isis.
Hallof additionally pointed out that historians working at around, or just after, the time of the bowl, such as Strabon and Pausanias, refer to the god “Osogo” or “Ogoa,” so a variation of this might be what’s on the bowl. It is even possible that the bowl refers to both Jesus Christ and Osogo.
It’s an interesting new discovery one of which we may never know for sure what the label on the bowl was referring to, but it’s quite possible that the label is referring to Christ.