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liz3564 wrote:What I see as a hole in the entire theory right off the bat is that Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb. How could his name be anywhere near or associated with it?

Also, it has been documented that Mary Magdeline traveled to France following Jesus' death, so how are her remains now, all of the sudden, found in the tomb with Jesus' remains?

It makes no sense.

Now, as far as the part about Jesus being married to Mary Magdeline and having children with her, I think that is very plausible...but that's for another thread. ;)


OK, how confident are we that the account of the crucificaiton and buriel in the New Testament is even historically accurate (outside of a soothing tingling, warm-and-fuzzy-all-over sensation we might get pondering on it)?
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Sono_hito wrote:
Notoriuswun wrote:If they linked the DNA from the supposed shroud of turin to the supposed Jesus burial plot, then it would be an open and shut case...and maybe people would finally stop believing in magical zombies.

Also it is worth pointing out that a lot of people have dismissed Cameron's findings...and no one has actually watched the documentary yet. Lets not point the finger of blame just yet...a bunch of doubting Thomases if you ask me ;)


the shroud has been debunked for years


If I am not mistaken, the shround was debunked do to a type of carbon dating method of testing. There has been another type of testing one that puts it in the ball park of Jesus life and times. More testing to follow, I suppose.

In any case, even if the DNA of the remains in the alleged grave of Jesus of the Bible were to match the Shroud, the most one could prove by that is that the body in the grave came in contact with the Shroud. There is no way whatsoever to identify the body as that of Jesus of the Bible.

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liz3564 wrote:When does the show air? I would like to watch it.

"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"
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Jersey Girl wrote:
Sono_hito wrote:
Notoriuswun wrote:If they linked the DNA from the supposed shroud of turin to the supposed Jesus burial plot, then it would be an open and shut case...and maybe people would finally stop believing in magical zombies.

Also it is worth pointing out that a lot of people have dismissed Cameron's findings...and no one has actually watched the documentary yet. Lets not point the finger of blame just yet...a bunch of doubting Thomases if you ask me ;)


the shroud has been debunked for years


If I am not mistaken, the shround was debunked do to a type of carbon dating method of testing. There has been another type of testing one that puts it in the ball park of Jesus life and times. More testing to follow, I suppose.

In any case, even if the DNA of the remains in the alleged grave of Jesus of the Bible were to match the Shroud, the most one could prove by that is that the body in the grave came in contact with the Shroud. There is no way whatsoever to identify the body as that of Jesus of the Bible.

Jersey Girl


Yes..this is true. It was "debunked" by those who had good cause to do so.

But largely the question has centered on how the image of a Christ like figure (ie his face and body) could have become an image on the fabric itself when techniques like these didn't come around until the 19th century

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Here's an interesting response from Friday's Wall Street Journal:

Year after year in spring, a new crop of religious dandelions pop up in our post-Christian culture. Like the real ones growing in my yard, they make a colorful splash that briefly captures our attention, until we realize that they are only shallow-rooted weeds, not beautiful flowers planted long ago in the deep rich soil of the past, such as Easter lilies.

Last year, it was the Gnostic nonsense of the "Da Vinci Code." We've had the "Gospel of Judas Iscariot," written centuries after the eyewitnesses were dead. This year it's a variation on the "Da Vinci" theme. We are not only being told that there was a Mrs. Jesus (a k a Mary Magdalene). We are also informed that her tomb and that of Jesus have been found in Jerusalem; that DNA testing has proved that they are not related and so must have been married (how exactly does it prove that?) and that an ossuary or small casket of at least one of their offspring has been found as well. News at 11! Or, in this case, on the Discovery Channel's documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," scheduled for Sunday night.

In a surreal moment on "Larry King Live" earlier this week, the film's producer, James Cameron (of "Titanic" fame), told us with a straight face that we should all be thankful that we now have tangible evidence that Jesus existed. Actually, no serious historian of biblical antiquity has ever doubted that there was a historical Jesus. Yet it tells us a lot about the state of our culture that Mr. Cameron's remark, backed by pseudo-science, could be seriously made on national television and that the film's companion book has already shot up to No. 5 on Amazon's rankings. We are a Jesus-haunted culture that is so historically illiterate that anything can now pass for knowledge of Jesus.

No doubt there are those who welcome "evidence" that undermines the foundation of Christianity. Many people, though, are simply beguiled by the "obsolescence factor" in our technologically driven society--the "newer" must be "truer" and "better." This outlook, when applied to a subject like the historical Jesus, attracts all sorts of unbridled speculation, and worse.

How momentous is the latest Jesus-as-you-never-knew-him story? Not very. It is simply not true, as Mr. Cameron's claims in his preface to Simcha Jacobovici's book, "The Jesus Family Tomb," that we have had no hard evidence for Jesus' existence before now except in the Bible. That ignores mentions in ancient Roman and Jewish historians such Tacitus, Suetonius and Josephus.

The "Jesus tomb" explorers trot out statistics on ancient Hebrew names, claiming that the ones in the tomb sound too much like known Jesus family members for the similarity to be a coincidence. But since we've only excavated a minority of archaeological and tomb sites even in Jerusalem, most ancient names are still buried in the earth, making meaningful statistical analysis difficult. What we can say for certain is that most of the names found in the Talpiot tomb on the outskirts of Jerusalem have been seen in many places elsewhere--in texts, on potsherds, in inscriptions, in the Bible itself. They are not rare even by the standards of the limited evidence we do have.

Any good scientific theory must account for all the evidence--in this case, all the names we find in the Talpiot tomb and not just the ones that match the holy-family theory. For instance, we have a Matthew in the tomb, but Jesus had no brothers named Matthew. And where are brothers like Simon, or the sisters mentioned in Mark 6, and where especially is brother James? We actually know that James was buried within sight of the Temple Mount, and Talpiot is miles from there. Eusebius, the fourth-century church historian, saw the tomb and the standing inscribed slab in front of it.

You also have to ask yourself: Why would most of the holy family from Galilee be buried in a middle-class tomb several miles outside of Jerusalem in some sheep pasture? They were, in fact, poor and could not afford an ornamental tomb like this one. This family was from Nazareth, too, with connections in Bethlehem. Why wouldn't its members be buried in one of those places?

We also know that crucifixion was considered the most shameful and hideous way to die, a blow from which one's family honor did not soon recover, if ever. So shamefully did Jesus die that his first followers and even most of his family abandoned him: He was not buried by family members or by the Galilean disciples. He was put in a tomb near the old city that did not belong to any of them.

Of course, the main implicit contention of the documentary and book is that the Resurrection is demonstrably a fraud--and thus, we must assume, people like Peter and James, the brother of Jesus, were prepared to be martyred in grisly ways to perpetrate a fraud. Resurrection had only one meaning for early Jews--a miracle that happens to a person's body so that they are raised from the dead.

To skeptics, no amount of counterargument will matter. Yet it wouldn't hurt for the rest of us to exercise a bit of skepticism when listening to each year's new theories about Jesus and the "true" history behind the biblical narrative. Amos Kloner, the archaeologist who supervised work at the tomb when it was first discovered in 1980, has called the documentary's claims "impossible" and "nonsense." As a New Testament scholar, I will trust serious scholars like him. Make no bones about it--they have not found Jesus' tomb.

Mr. Witherington is professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., and the author of "What Have They Done With Jesus?"

http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110009735

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It airs tonight on the Discovery Channel.
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Miss Taken wrote:Is Troy really Troy?
No, it's another town using the same name. Another bullseye for Joseph Smith!

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I just Baught this Book Yesterday it looks like it will be interesting I am excited to start reading it. What ever I get out of it will not shake my Faith. I am LDS by the way and my name is Nate I am 23 I am in Utah
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nateariotti wrote: What ever I get out of it will not shake my Faith.


Never say never.

Welcome to the board Nate.
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Well I missed it. What did they say?

I know, I know. Its still a mystery. We'll have to wait for the sequel.


By the way, the best thing about the Cameron's TITANIC movie was that the son of a ____ sunk and they couldn't make a sequel.
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hermanuno wrote:Well I missed it. What did they say?

I know, I know. Its still a mystery. We'll have to wait for the sequel.


By the way, the best thing about the Cameron's TITANIC movie was that the son of a ____ sunk and they couldn't make a sequel.


Too bad Celine Dione wasn't on it when it sank! ;0
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Miss Taken wrote:Is Troy really Troy?


I dunno? But, if Cher is cloned, does that make her Cher and Cher alike? ;)
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An archaeologist comments on the "find": http://bib-arch.org/bswbKCtombmagness.html

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I thought the filmmaker, Simcha Jacobvici, made a good presentation and called this evidence to the forefront where it can be examined for some time to come.

When I was watching the reviewers commentaries afterwards, I could not help but wonder what it would have been like to have Professor Louis Midgley from BYU, do a review of Simcha Jacobvici himself rather than the documentary. What dark secrets would he have uncovered?
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