The Lost Tomb of Jesus
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Of course it is also possible that Jesus lived and died, said and did most of these wonderful things the Gospels attribute to him, then when they committed story to paper, they embellished it to make him a God-like being.
In the end, I don't know whether this is the tomb of the Historical Jesus or not.Read more ›
1. That the Jesus family would be buried in Nazareth, not Talpiot;
2. That the Jesus family couldn't have afforded a tomb like the Talpiot tomb;
3. That the "Jesus son of Joseph" ossuary is not inscribed "Yeshua" (Jesus) at all;
4. That the "Mariamne" ossuary didn't contain the remains of Mary Magdalene, but of two other women.
I believe the first three of these allegations against the documentary's premise don't carry much water. The fourth argument actually supports the conclusion that this is the real thing. My comments on these points:
1. Talpiot is the right place for Jesus' family tomb- Per Luke, 2:3-4, the family's LEGAL residence was Bethlehem, not Nazareth. The fact that Joseph and the pregnant Mary could not take the census in Nazareth but had to take it in Bethlehem indicates that Bethlehem was their DOMICILIUM under Roman Law. That basically means that they had no intention to reside in Nazareth permanently. Therefore it would have made little sense for them to have a family tomb in Nazareth, that they wouldn't be able to frequently visit at a later stage in their lives. They would have wanted a family tomb close to Bethlehem and Jerusalem, easily accessible also to future generations of the family. The fact is indeed that Mary and her children moved to Jerusalem around 30 AD.
The traditional name of Jesus in Hebrew, as reflected also in the Talmud, is "Yeshu Hanotzri." This appellation stemms from "Netzer" (Shoot or Branch). It alludes clearly to Isaiah 11:1, indicating the Royal birth of Jesus, to substantiate his claim for Jewish messianship.Read more ›
I'm mainly annoyed by the narration and structure of the documentary. I think if it wasn't for that, I might have liked it more. Two things bothered me in particular: one was the way the documentary presented its arguments and the other was the omnipresence of the director, Simcha Jacobovici.
The documentary does a very misleading thing. Whenever it encounters a potential piece of evidence that doesn't fit into their argument, they find a way of suggesting that it could potentially fit, and then thereafter refer to it as if they've proven their point. For example, they bring up the problem of "Mariamne" - who could she be? Her mention in the Acts of Philip in reference to Mary Magdalene was cited as evidence that this could mean the real Mary Magdalene (never for once questioning the historical validity of the Acts of Philip). Then they show you a dramatic reconstruction of Mary Magdalene as the wife of Jesus, and from that point on, the documentary acts as if they've proven without a doubt that Mariamne is Mary Magdalene. They continue doing that with all the pieces of evidence that don't quite fit, without nothing that these evidence are all linked, so if even one of them is false, then the rest of their case falls apart.
Consider this line of thinking: You want to find out who stole your bicycle.Read more ›
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There really is nothing of value in an anthropogical or theological sense in this film.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This video is interesting, but out-of-date, but still worth the price. A newer version is available in Canada.Published 2 months ago by T. C. Brayshaw
I recall hearing and reading of the discoveries related in this DVD previously and after seeing this I am puzzled as to why the religious community isn't jumping up and down over... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen B.
Awesome! I'm scientific in that I want proof of stories in the Bible. I don't really care either way, because I have faith, but this movie is compelling!Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey S.
REVIEWING JOINTLY JAMES CAMERON'S AND JOHN ANKERBERG'S VIDEOS ABOUT THE TALPIOT TOMB SUPPOSEDLY OF JESUS AND HIS FAMILY
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Well, caution needs to be taken when dealing with findings of biblical artifacts.Take a look at he book Unholy Business and listen to an interview with the author, a journalist who has good grasp on research. It seems that there is a lot of excitement when the promising finds are unearthed, but... Read More
Jul 21, 2009 by Oposum in the Garden | See all 4 posts
|Christianity could not have survived an identifiable tomb.||
The proof is in the tomb findings....science doesn't lie....legends do....
Apr 10, 2009 by Lorraine M. Black | See all 4 posts
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