Monday, February 26, 2007

The Lost Tomb of Jesus?


The Discovery Channel plans to run a documentary entitled, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus", on March 4th. The opening paragraph from the shows promotional piece at DiscoveryTimes states,
"New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world's
foremost molecular genetics laboratories, as well as studies by leading
scholars, suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the
remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family."
Now, if true, that's a startling statement! The documentary will suggest that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child together named Judah. The article states,
"Five of the 10 discovered boxes in the Talpiot tomb were inscribed with names
believed to be associated with key figures in the New Testament: Jesus, Mary,
Matthew, Joseph and Mary Magdalene. A sixth inscription, written in Aramaic,
translates to 'Judah Son of Jesus.'"
The obvious conclusion that film director James Cameron is communicating is that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a relationship resulting in the birth of at least one son. Therefore, Jesus did not die on the cross. He did not rise again. He is not God. It's of interest that there were no bones found in any of the burial boxes even though there were three human skulls discovered. The original discovery of the tomb and the burial boxes was not seen as significant by the Israeli Anitiquities Authority at the time of discovery more than fifteen years ago since the names are extremely popular for the time period in which they lived. Amos Kloner who is the archeologist who oversaw the excavation project says that Cameron's conclusions are, "nonsense". According to Kloner, "It makes a great story for a TV film, but it's impossible. Jesus and his relatives were a Galilee family with no ties in Jerusalem. The Talpiot tomb belonged to a middle-class family from the first century." Kloner insists, "...the names found on the coffins had been found in tombs before"


So what do I think? "He is not here, but He has risen" (Luke 24:6).


You can read more at www.thisislondon.co.uk and at The Jerusalem Post.

2 comments:

Geoff Baggett said...

Dave,

I posted on this farce over the weekend. Check it out.

It's intellectually insulting the way they are throwing around "DNA evidence." The only thing they proved was that the people in the "family tomb" were related. Huge surprise, huh?

Like I said in one of my comments. If they want a DNA match on a brother of Jesus ... they can swab me mouth any time! :)
Geoff

Dave Samples said...

Geoff,

Great post on your site. Did you by chance see Dr. Al Mohler last night on CNN? He and someone from the Catholic church were able to dialogue with the producer/director on Larry King. It was pretty good...