Tuesday, February 27, 2007

co-called Jesus' Family Tomb found

The tomb of Jesus has supposedly found.

There have been hundreds of articles written, many trees killed, countless words spoken on the subject already. And we haven't even begun to calculate the total impact this will have on global warning.

Basically the news revolves around a "documentary" entitled "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" set to air on Sunday, 4 March.

James Cameron attempts to prove that archeologists have discovered not only Jesus' bones, but the bones of his mother, wife , child, and brother.

The Israeli-born, Canadian-based filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici is reigniting claims, first made over a decade ago, that a burial cave uncovered 27 years ago in Talpiot, Jerusalem, is the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family.

But, surprise, it turns out there are a few problems with the evidence. I suspect we'll get a full refutation as time goes on, but for now, you can read some of the details in the articles below. [Ben Witherington's post is a good place to start]

But no matter how good the responses are, though, I'm sure people will quickly latch on to this story as a reason to reject Jesus' claims. Michael Spencer hits the nail on the head:
"[They] use the NT to make part of [their] case, reject it for the rest, then buy anything in any gnostic gospel as true."
The best quote has to be Joel Hunter's:
If John Cleese called a press conference to announce that Brian was the real historical and biblical Jesus, it would be more credible than Cammy’s claim.

Here are some links:
Darrell Bock’s Response. Dr. Bock has seen the special and looked at the evidence.
Ben Witherington’s Response.
Michael Spencer - Internet Monk has a good collection of links and comments.
Jerusalm Post article
Claude Mariottini OT Prof at Northern Baptist Seminary.
Darrell Bock’s response
James White’s response
Joel Rosenberg’s response
Ben Witherington’s response
Paul Meier’s response
Todd Bolen summarizes the evidence in his response
Stephen Shields - Faith Maps summary of articles
odds calculations
"Lost Tomb" on Google Maps

Jesus Family Tomb - official site
Discovery.com video links.

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