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2/25/2007 12:46 PM
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Stuart Laidlaw
Faith and Ethics reporter

A Canadian documentary filmmaker will reveal at a news conference Monday that he has strong evidence a group of burial boxes unearthed in Jerusalem belonged to Jesus Christ and his family.

The discovery could have profound implications 2,000 years after the boxes were placed in the ground, shaking the foundations of modern faith and raising Da-Vinci-Code-like speculation that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene.

"It's mind boggling. It's an altered reality," Toronto documentary director Simcha Jacobovici told the Star last week.

The location of the press conference is being kept secret until Monday to prevent a stampede of people wanting to see the artefacts on display.

2/25/2007 12:49 PM
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The documentary is called The Lost Tomb of Jesus and its claim that that the burial box of Jesus has been found along with his DNA, are sure to be met with scepticism, if not outright hostility, by church leaders.

In an interview, Jacobovici said that while nothing in archaeology can ever be proven beyond doubt, there is "compelling evidence" that the tomb he explores under a Jerusalem apartment building is that of the holy family.

"You have to kind of pinch yourself," said Jacobovici, known as the Naked Archaeologist after a Vision TV series. "Are we really saying what we are saying?"

James Tabor, chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina and an expert featured extensively in The Lost Tomb, said that as an academic he has seen enough to convince him of the evidence, but admits to some trepidation about claiming that the tomb of Jesus has been found.

"There's a part of you that says, it's too amazing. How can this be true?" Tabor told the Star. "It's an archaeological dream."

Critics are already dismissing the documentary's claims.

2/25/2007 1:53 PM
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They "lost the tomb" did they?
How convienent that they "lost the tomb" at the very moment in time 2000 years ago when producing the corpse was all that was needed in response to all these christians being executed and thrown into prison

2/25/2007 2:29 PM
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Thing is, they claim that they have Jesus' DNA yet don't say what they got it from. Additionally, the names they've mentioned were all fairly common.

Even some athiests I know are quite skeptical about all of this.

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