Maria Valtorta was an Eye-Witness to the First Century Life and Ministry
of Our Lord Jesus! Her Numerous Strikingly Accurate Descriptions of First
Century Palestine Prove it! Research done by David J. Webster M.Div. 11/15/04
While it may be difficult for some to grasp, “in the spirit” where all time is one, one can, if allowed by providence, literally see any event in history as it actually takes place. That Maria Valtorta’s revelations are literally packed with strikingly accurate descriptions of first century Palestine reveals that what she saw was the very life and ministry of our Lord. This would mean that The Poem is not the product of mere pious imagination as seems at least partly true with other revelations of biblical persons and times.
Over thirty percent or 79 (all entries marked with * and **) of the 255 geographical sites in Palestine
mentioned in the Poem were not listed in the 1939 International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) Atlas. 62 (all **) of these 79 were not even listed in the 184 page Macmillan Bible Atlas (MBA) published in 1968. Where did Maria Valtorta get all these names? For a first century eye-witness to include so many obscure and unknown names would, of course, be expected. And most surprising is that these names, obscure and unknown in the 1940’s, are being proven authentic. 52 of these 62 have no biblical reference whatever and 17 of these with no biblical reference have been either indirectly confirmed as authentic by recent “ancient external sources” found in the Macmillan Bible Atlas (1968) or actually listed in the HarperCollins Atlas of the Bible (1989). This makes a total of 29 confirmations since the 1939 ISBE atlas listing. Also among those 62 sites are mentioned the ruins of 6 ancient Palestinian cities some corresponding to the modern consensus on location. In addition, Valtorta’s precise descriptions of the natural topography of Palestine from numerous locations and the information about the outside pagan world of that day, including people, places, customs, Greek and Roman mythology, related in the conversations of that day, are strikingly correct. Along with this material you will find refutation to the foolish charges by enemies of this work that apples were not grown in Palestine and that Maria Valtorta could not have seen screw drivers on Joseph’s bench!
While literarily gifted, Maria Valtorta had only an average education, had never been to Palestine, was sick, suffering and bed-ridden for most of her life, and in this condition had access to only her Bible and small catechism during the years of her writing. Verification of so many of these locations and descriptions known only by experts in their fields and that these details were included at Jesus’ own request for “the difficult doctor’s of the Church,” is not only proof this is an eye-witness account but that these revelations were intended by Heaven to be accepted by the Church as authoritative for providing definitive clarification on so much of the Church’s teachings that had become clouded and confused by too many human elements.
Other evidence that Maria Valtorta’s work was of an eye witness, and a true “dictation,” as she repeatedly claims, was that nearly all of her some 10,000 hand written pages of this revelation, which included over 500 personalities within a perfectly flowing and internally consistent narrative, with hardly a correction, was written in a period of 4 years and often out of sequence! So much timing information is given, including years, seasons, Jewish feast days, months, days of the week and even time schedules for our Lord’s ministry itinerary for over 350 ministry sites, that nearly every episode in the Poem and in all four Gospels can be dated! Further, Maria Valtorta not only heard and saw but she actually felt the experience. She felt the hot Palestinian summer sun, the cool mountain breezes and the cold winter air. She also could smell every scent in the air, from the fresh cut hay in the fields to the spring blossoms of orchards to the tempting aroma of hearty meals in preparation or fresh baked bread just out of the oven.
(For one example of that which is typical throughout the work see Volume II, pp. 414,415) All this speaks of a mystical but very real presence! Her actual presence is also evidenced by the fact that what Valtorta saw was determined by where she turned to look. The scenes in this “revelation” were wrapped completely around her. She was literally in the midst of this experience. The only modification to this reality seems to have been in language.
Valtorta hears almost everything in her native Italian. But so did the Jews of the Diaspora hear the Apostles at Pentecost in their own languages. Adding to the certainty that Valtorta’s experience was of an eye witness is that several times she is brought to the scene right in the middle of a discourse or conversation. (Vol. I, p.324)
These features set Valtorta’s material completely apart from other revelations of biblical persons and events that prove to have been given only for the recipient’s personal exercise in discernment and the private devotion of God’s people.* To deny that Valtorta was an eye-witness and that this revelation was thus a “divine dictation,” as is repeatedly claimed within the work, would be to ascribe qualities to Maria Valtorta that could only belong to God Himself. This revelation completed and presented in 1947 to Pope Pius XII and receiving his order for it to be published in 1949 was then certainly as much a part of Heaven’s fully authenticated answer to the St. Michael prayer as was Fatima in 1917, the revelation at Beauraing in 1932-1933, Banneux in 1933, Amsterdam in the 1940’s, and Garabandal in the 1960’s. Because these revelations were increasingly ignored and rejected by the Magisterial body the Church, Heaven said at Garabandal that this [the Garabandal-June 18, 1965 message] would be the last one given to that body. Precisely because the St. Michael prayer had been answered and then ignored by the body of Bishops the prayer had to be dropped as an official part of the Mass to avoid a blatant hypocrisy. Heaven’s revelations (and St. Michael’s help) now would be directed to whoever would hear–and the remnant Church. That explains the literal worldwide explosion of apparitions to the Catholic faithful of Our Lady after 1965 with the Lord’s invitation now being, “If any man hears my voice and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him” (Revelation 3:20, to the last of the seven churches). It also explains why Pope Paul VI, who was “greatly impressed” with The Poem, stripped the Holy Office in 1966 of its authority to interfere with the dissemination of reports of miracles and revelations and the freedom of the faithful to make their own discernments–unless these revelations were dully examined and officially judged as contrary to Catholic faith or morals. Another clear sign that the Holy Spirit had turned from the body of Bishops to the faithful and even non-Catholic believers was the outbreak at this very time of
the charismatic movement within the Church and within other Christian denominations. Pope Paul VI saw clearly the consequence of the resistance of the body of Bishops to the voices of Heaven and admitted the smoke of Satan had entered the very sanctuary of the Church. From 1965 the crisis among the Bishops increasingly manifested itself in an open rebellion against the faith and the Church among the religious orders, the seminaries, and among the priesthood.
While the Holy Office (now the CDF) has, in fact, finally admitted there is nothing in The Poem that would prevent any Catholics from reading it, this office is still unwilling to admit its past errors in misjudging the work (even as it has still not admitted its equally serious error in censuring Padre Pio, who, by the way, was a strong supporter of The Poem), and has even as late as 1992 attempted to obscure its glaring misjudgments by continuing to cast doubts on the supernatural origin of this work! If plain ignorance was any excuse for misjudgment in the beginning it is certainly not today! In my 6 years of research I have not discovered a single criticism leveled against the revelation in this
work that is valid.
OF THE STAGGGERING TOTAL OF ALL 255 GEOGRAPHICAL SITES FROM PALESTINE
mentioned in the Poem 79 (all marked * &**) were not listed in the 1939
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Atlas which represented the scholarship
of her day. 62 (all marked**) of these 79 were listed neither by the ISBE Atlas or the
184 page 1968 McMillan Bible Atlas. Where did Maria Valtorta in the mid 1940’s
get all these names? Are they fictitious? Of those 17 missed by the 1939 ISBE but
included in the 1968 MBA, 9 have been confirmed by an “ancient external
source.” Since then an additional 20 sites have been confirmed in the 1989
HarperCollins Atlas of the Bible.
This is a total number of 29 confirmations of the original 79 unknown or obscure
geographical sites in Palestine mentioned in the Poem since the ISBE Atlas was
published in 1939. 24 of these 29 do not even have an obscure reference in the
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