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Jesus' Family Tomb?
by Jack Wellman
2007-03-03 10:58:39
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Brace yourself for another attack on the truth my friends. The Discovery Channel will air a television documentary, "The Jesus Family Tomb," that claims that the lost tomb of Jesus’ family is a neighbor of Tova Bracha's apartment in East Talpiot, Israel. A highly popular TV director, Simcha Jacobovici, has led the effort, with "Titanic" director James Cameron that claims a 1980 discovery of a first-century Jewish burial cave and the 10 bone boxes, or ossuaries, found therein.

The whole thing began in 1980 when a construction crew unearthed an ancient tomb of a first-century Jewish burial cave and 10 bone boxes, or ossuaries. This was not unusual. The 1980s marked a construction boom in Jerusalem; hundreds of tombs were uncovered and, with them, thousands of ossuaries. In the first century A.D., during Jesus human life, Jewish families with means built tombs in the hills throughout Judea and stored the remains of their loved ones in those caves, in ossuaries (AP).

Statisticians, archeologists, historians, DNA experts, robot-camera technicians, epigraphers and a CSI expert from New York all argue that the bones of Jesus, Mary and Mary Magdalene, along with some of their lesser-known relatives, were once entombed in this cave. How can one possibly test for DNA from Jesus who left no physical artifacts and had no human descendents? Jacobovici justifies it by saying "People will have to believe what they want to believe (MSNBC). Of course humans also believed with certainty that the earth was flat.

The Bottom Dollar is the Bottom Dollar

Joe Zias, who was the curator for anthropology and archeology at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem from 1972 to 1997 and personally numbered the Talpiot ossuaries. "He's pimping off the Bible—what do these guys know about archeology?” By pimping he means its about the money. I myself have a BA in history and I can tell you that all evidence is only speculative.

What I was taught was that Historians must have Primary [eyewitness testimony] or at least Secondary [written accounts] sources (citations) to verify facts. This has neither meaning it can only be called a theory. What a surprise to find the names Joseph and Mary in Jerusalem, where people literally have built houses on top of bones for over six thousand years.

The name they claim is Jesus’ is not properly translated and appears to be another name altogether. And how shocking to find bones where for over six thousand years, hundreds of generations of Jews, Muslims and Christians have been laid to rest.

Writers/Producers Motivation

The world would love to absolve Christ of His divinity, bring Him down to a human level and make Him appear as just another man. What is the real motive behind this? I believe it is intended to be a money maker. It will sell a lot of books and videos.

My former history professor once said “The bottom dollar is the bottom dollar” [meaning one’s own motivations]. Tova Bracha, whose apartment building sets over these ancient tombs, never thought much about it. "It just didn't seem important when there have been so many tombs found Jerusalem.

Bracha laughs that maybe she can make a fortune selling trinkets to tourists. Maybe the value of her home will soar. It is about money anyway isn’t it? I wonder if Indiana Jones will be in it (MSNBC)?

People’s Motivation

But why will people wait in line for the book and soon-coming video? It is tabloid TV. Famous people acting not so famously. I believe it is also in part because people want to absolve their guilt. Their feelings of conviction are uncomfortable when they commit sins. If we could just reduce God to being imperfect, then why should we feel guilty?

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by2007-03-04 07:51:07
The New Testament was not written by Jesus Christ.

The Koran was not written by Mohammed.

Perhaps “imperfect” men wrote them.

The "Faith" is put into their writings.

Sid2007-04-19 23:45:13
I agree. What brings in money is put above all consideration, even the truth. Nice job.

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