Monday, February 26, 2007

Jesus died, and stayed dead?

I believe you've heard by now. Jesus wasn't resurrected. A documentary presenting the evidence, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," will premiere on the Discovery Channel on March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The documentary comes from executive producer James Cameron and director Simcha Jacobovici. Jesus of Nazareth's real tomb has been allegedly found. Nope it's not at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, as has been widely acknowledged as the three day resting place of the hotly debated Savior of mankind, no no, it's at Talpiot, pictured --->

Not only that,

"Scholars know that from 30 B.C. to 70 A.D., many people in Jerusalem would first wrap bodies in shrouds after death. The bodies were then placed in carved rock tombs, where they decomposed for a year before the bones were placed in an ossuary.

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." Link

So, basically, Dan Brown....WAS RIGHT...and wrong, at the same time. Dan thought Jesus had a beautiful girl, but here we see Jesus named his kid, Judah. I bet he was a hellion, that Judah.

Heh, seriously though, this actually made me pause a bit when I first heard about it. If it were to actually present some serious evidence, that went far beyond speculation and assumption, it would be a nuclear bomb to a vast amount of believers. I would have changed my tune about James Cameron, that faith stealing bastard. I liked his Abyss, and his tragic Titanic, even his Aliens, but to do this to baby Jesus? Like I said, bastard.

But, and it's a big but, apparently, the evidence and claims presented, are actually, wait for it...wait for it, unsubstantiated. In fact, the discovery of the tomb, didn't happen recently, this isn't new at all, it happened in 1980. That's nearly thirty years ago. It's actually old news. Not good news like the good ole word Gospel means. And this DNA evidence they're revealing, it proves those in the tomb were related. And the coincidence of all the names? It's like finding a tomb of a family from New York thousands of years from now, all with the names Mike, Jennifer, and their son Joe. Jesus, or Joshua, Mary, Judah, all were very trendy to name kids back in the day. As far as experts who've heard of the new documentary,

In 1996, when the BBC aired a short documentary on the same subject, archaeologists challenged the claims. Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television.

"They just want to get money for it," Kloner said. Link

And even further,

Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem who was interviewed in the documentary, said the film's hypothesis holds little weight.

"I don't think that Christians are going to buy into this," Pfann said. "But skeptics, in general, would like to see something that pokes holes into the story that so many people hold dear."

"How possible is it?" Pfann said. "On a scale of one through 10 _ 10 being completely possible _ it's probably a one, maybe a one and a half."

Pfann is even unsure that the name "Jesus" on the caskets was read correctly. He thinks it's more likely the name "Hanun."

So basically, this evidence equates to a theory that it's possible that Jesus of Nazareth and his family was buried there. Much like how it just might be possible that a man, who had been prophesied for thousands of years to come, lived, died, and came to life again. Look what's come of that singular event? The very tide of history, culture, and belief was changed. Millions upon millions of believers hence, and more to come. I may be biased, I pretty much sip the Jesus kool aid unfettered, but I believe the evidence is on the divine Jesus' side.

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