An update to Tomb With Jesus & Family’s Body In It Blahblahblah.
Excerpts from Time.com 16 Jan 08:
Jesus ‘Tomb’ Controversy Reopened
The Lost Tomb of Jesus, made by Hollywood director James Cameron and Canadian investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici, was shown only once on Discovery.
Britain’s Channel 4 canceled its own plans to air the documentary, which reexamines an archeological find from 1980 in which a crypt was found containing what were said to be the ossuaries of Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the son of Joseph, Mariamne (possibly Mary Magdalene, say the filmmakers) and Judah, son of Jesus.
Given the highly explosive nature of its conclusion and its slapdash sleuthing, it was no surprise that the film was panned by some academics and many Christian clerics.
Weighing the evidence, says Charlesworth, “we can tell that this was the tomb of a Jewish family from the time of Jesus. And we know that the names on the ossuaries are expressed the correct way as ‘Jesus, son of Joseph.’”
But the professor has a few doubts. “The name on Jesus’s ossuary was scrawled on, like graffiti. There was no ornamentation. And there should have been. After all, his followers believed he was the Son of God.”
Jacobovici took the story further, using statistics — later disputed by experts — which seemed to indicate that, although Jesus and the other names were all common Jewish names during the days of the Second Temple, the chances of them all being found in the same crypt, belonging to the same family, were rare indeed.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: What reason in atheist-nonexistence is there to assume that any the bodies found belong to the Jesus Christ, if none of them have nail-marks from crucifixion – the most dramatic and defining event in the life of Jesus?
Surely they would take that into account.