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At the end of a day where James Cameron (JC) presented his best case for finding “Jesus’ tomb,” it can once more be clearly stated that Jesus Christ (JC) is in no particular danger of being dethroned as the King of Kings.

The Jerusalem Post quotes Amos Kloner, a former Jerusalem District archaeologist who compiled the official report on the site after its discover 27 years ago, who “lambasted the documentary as ‘brain confusion’ which mixed fact with fiction and ‘dressed up facts’ in a Hollywood-like manner which could easily lead laymen astray.

Kloner, who had previously dismissed the documentary’s claims as “impossible” and “nonsense,” said Monday that having now viewed the film he had previously taken it “too seriously,” and stood by every word of his stinging criticism.


David Van Biema at consolidates a few of the other problems nicely:

— If “Jesus” and “Mariamene” weren’t related matrilineally, why jump to the conclusion that they were husband and wife, rather than being related through their fathers?

— The first use of “Mariamene” for Magdalene dates to a scholar who was born in 185, suggesting that Magdalene wouldn’t have been called that at her death.

— St. Andrews’ Bauckham defends his probabilities, noting that Jacobovici was comparing his name-cluster to the rather small sampling of names known to have been found on bone boxes, while his own basis for comparison, which adds names from contemporary literature and other sources, makes the combo far less unusual.


— Asbury Theological Seminary professor Ben Witherington, a early Christianity expert who was deeply involved with the James Ossuary, says there are physical reasons to believe it couldn’t have originated in the Talpiot plot.

Darrell Bock, a professor at the conservative Protestant Dallas Seminary, whom the Discovery Channel had vet the film two weeks ago, adds another objection: why would Jesus’s family or followers bury his bones in a family plot and “then turn around and preach that he had been physically raised from the dead?” If that objection smacks secular readers as relying too heavily on scripture, then Bock’s larger point is still trenchant: “I told them that there were too many assumptions being claimed as discoveries, and that they were trying to connect dots that didn’t belong together.”

This case is as closed now as it was in 1996 when the very same accusations first appeared. Game over.

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posted February 27, 2007 at 3:03 am

I was glad to see this fair treatment of the issues and problems as well! Hopefully, this will provide at least some stability to the discussion.

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posted February 27, 2007 at 6:43 am

“Brain confusion?”David, that is what Progressives and Liberals are attempting – and quite successfully achieving – every single day. Can you say “Gay marriage?”

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David Kuo

posted February 27, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Hey Donny – A big point here that matters much…there is a massive difference between exposing a pathetic lie that falsely undermines Jesus and public policy discussions. Defend the faith with passion, offer public policy opinions recognizing that few are black and white. Just my thoughts, David

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Paul Willson

posted February 27, 2007 at 10:41 pm

I find this whole thing rediculous in the extreme. First off where do they get the DNA ?From ground up bones maybe 1st Century in origin. Problem even bones that are 25-30 years old are difficult to get DNA from. Second they are probing outside of what is taught in scripture. I think that after the cannon was closed back in the 4th century people woluld accept that as the end of discussion. Third why one more round of pot shoting at the relation of Jesus & Mary Magdelene > What their relationship , if any was we do not and can not tell. And iof there was a relationship there beyond friends/follower well so what. He was as Hebrews tells us fully man.

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posted February 28, 2007 at 12:12 pm

What is more black or white than marriage David? All of the trappings of Passover Plot ploys . . . all have the same smell to them. To alter and introduce secular ideology on the world. There is no difference between secularists and Liberal-Progressives religiously. It’s all in the sales approach and final product. You really do not see that?

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posted February 28, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day and is alive and well, he is at the right hand of the father (GOD)

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