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The Jesus Family Tomb: The Evidence Behind the Discovery No One Wanted to Find Paperback – Bargain Price, March 11, 2008
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“Absolutely fascinating . . . many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.” (Today Show )
“This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism” (John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire )
About the Author
Simcha Jacobovici is an Emmy-winning documentary director and producer and a widely published writer and lecturer. His articles have appeared around the globe in publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Currently the host of The Naked Archaeologist on the History Channel, Simcha Jacobovici lives in Toronto.
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1. That the Jesus family would be buried in Nazareth, not Talpiot;
2. That the "Jesus" ossuary would have been inscribed "of Nazareth";
3. That the Jesus family couldn't have afforded a tomb like the Talpiot tomb;
4. That the "Jesus son of Joseph" ossuary is not inscribed "Yeshua" (Jesus) at all;
5. That the names inscribed on these ossuaries were supposedly common;
6. That the "Mariamne" ossuary didn't contain the remains of Mary Magdalene, but of two other women.
I believe the first five of these allegations against the book's premise don't carry much water. The sixth argument actually supports the conclusion that this is the real thing. My comments:
1. Talpiot is the right place for Jesus' family tomb- Per Luke, 2:3-4, the family's LEGAL residence was Bethlehem, not Nazareth.Read more ›
On 28 March 1980 a tomb was discovered in Talpiot, Israel ( a suburb of Jerusalem) by workers building an apartment complex. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) was called in and preceded to excavate the tomb over the course of several days.
The tomb contained 10 ossuaries of which six were inscribed and four were not. An ossuary is in essence a "bone box" used to house human remains. After a person died, their remains were wrapped in fabric and placed in a temporary location (inside a tomb generally on a specially designed shelf) for a period of about one year to allow all soft tissue to decompose. After soft tissue decomposition was complete the person's bones would then be placed in an ossuary which would be positioned in a permanent location, which would generally be in the same tomb.
The use of ossuaries was confined to the period of c. 40 BC to AD 70. Christ was crucified in c. AD 30.
The IAA cataloged the ossuaries as 80-500 to 80-509, they are inscribed as follows:
80-500 - Mariamene
80-501 - Judah, son of Jesus
80-502 - Matthew
80-503 - Jesus, son of Joseph
80-504 - Yosa
80-505 - Maria
80-506 - not inscribed
80-507 - not inscribed
80-508 - not inscribed
80-509 - not inscribed
Simcha Jacobovici began his investigation of the Talpiot tomb in 2002, he enlisted the help of Charles Pellegrino, James Cameron and others. Jacobovici seems to have concluded early on that this was the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and some members of his family.
He states that the odds that this is not the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth are 1 in 600.Read more ›
So read on, you are about to meet it (;-p)
The book is full of what can only be described as flawed assumption, speculation, guesswork, insinuation. The claim is basically this: The authors found that a tomb had an ossuary which possibly read 'Jesus son of Joseph', another one named 'Mary', and an ossuary named 'Judah son of Jesus'. They then leapt to the conclusion that they have stumbled upon the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and the ossuaries therefore prove that Jesus was married and had a son. They begin with a conclusion and then work backwards to find the 'evidence' that fits. This project and its conclusions have been roundly condemned by many people qualified to do so, as the articles in the Washington Post, American Scientist, and many other journals and articles etc more than adequately show.
The only things consistent about this book are the repeated factual errors and guesswork. If people wish to believe what this book purports to claim, that is their prerogative. However, some have a habit of jumping to exaggerated conclusions based on insufficient data and that is exactly what the authors of this book have done. In the sciences it is always important to examine all arguments regarding certain claims, putting personal feelings to one side, not supporting or denying things simply because it might be what one wants to hear.
Let me use an analogy: at first glance you might see what appears to be a perfect diamond.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book a couple of years ago and wanted it for my library.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is helping me learn the true story. The facts presented here do not diminish the love I have for the Son of God and do not make me doubt of His divine nature On the contrary.Published 6 months ago by Maria Hernandez
When I first read this book, it is so well written, that I really believed that maybe it was a possibility that they found the tomb that our Lord died in? Read morePublished 6 months ago by TQ from Kansas City
I am truly sorry that I wasted the $ on this book. The reviews in Amazon present the weight of this author's case; that there were a group of tombs with common names (for the time... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maureen J.
Not for the religeously faint of heart. If you believe the account it can be disturbing!Published 9 months ago by Karina D. Stevenson
Great book for info and education. Keeps attention and provides great info about the family tomb's. Loved loved loved the book. 🌹😍😍😍🌹Published 10 months ago by Michelle Powers
Really didn't agree with the author's view that the tomb of Jesus and his family had been found. Being a Christian, I don't believe there was a body left to entomb.Published 12 months ago by Christi Upson