Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Sara Kopelman-Stavisky
The “Credo” in Greek on a potsherd
Unprovenanced
6th–7th century CE
Ink on pottery
H: 16 cm
Accession number: 69.74.312
 
 
This is the original Greek text of the Credo. It contains the basic tenets of Christian faith as first formulated at the Ecclesiastical Councils of the year 381. Versions of this text are still part of Christian liturgy today. This copy was probably given out to catechumens (initiates) in preparation for their conversion.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed:
I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For our sake and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; he rose again on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures, and ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and Son is worshiped and together glorified; who spoke through the Prophets. In one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen.

Publications:
Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

Exhibition:
Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir