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Geologist claims Jesus burial breakthrough

Posted on Thursday, 9 April, 2015 | Comment icon 181 comments

The James Ossuary was on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from 2002-2003. Image Credit: Paradiso
Geoarcheologist Arye Shimron and filmmaker Simha Jacobovici believe they have found the tomb of Jesus.
The two researchers claim to have been able to establish a firm connection between the controversial James Ossuary - a burial box discovered in 2002 with an inscription referencing the burial of Jesus - and the 'Jesus Family Tomb', a long-disputed site discovered in 1980 in Jerusalem's East Talpiot neighborhood.

Shimron and Jacobovici maintain that their findings prove that Jesus was buried in Jerusalem alongside nine other people including his alleged wife and son.

The James Ossuary attracted worldwide attention when it was unearthed over a decade ago due to inscriptions on its surface that included references to "Jesus, son of Joseph", "Maria","Joseph" and perhaps most controversially of all, "Judah, son of Jesus."

Hollywood director James Cameron of "Titanic" fame even produced a documentary about the discovery called "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" which was broadcast back in 2007.

Now the controversial ossuary is making headlines once again after geoarchaeologist Arye Shimron was granted access to the box and took the opportunity to take samples from under its patinas.
After running 200 different tests on samples from several different ossuaries he was able to conclude that the James Ossuary appeared to match the unique chemical signature of the Talpiot tomb.

"This find illustrates that the James Ossuary is authentic and the Jesus Family tomb indeed belongs to the family of Jesus of Nazareth," said Jacobovici.

The pair's findings however have been met with an unsurprising degree of skepticism and there is doubt over whether such a discovery could ever be truly recognized even if it did turn out to be true.

"If in fact Jesus’s tomb is found, the procedures would be no different than the discovery of any other tomb," said James Tabor from the University of North Carolina.

"But in the case of Jesus everything changes, because he is such a lightning rod figure for so many people – because if you find the bones of Jesus in a tomb then he did not rise from the dead."

Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (181)

Tags: Jesus, Tomb

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Comment icon #172 Posted by docyabut2 on 25 June, 2015, 12:04
In a vision that's quite clear. In Paul`s imagination or dream.
Comment icon #173 Posted by docyabut2 on 25 June, 2015, 12:28
An Israeli geologist believes he has found the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, and this time, the tomb of his supposed son is buried along with him. After 150 chemical tests, Canadian- Israeli filmmaker-journalist Simha Jacobovici and geoarcheologist Arye Shimron claim they've reached a scientific breakthrough with theological implications. If the James ossuary came from the Talpiot tomb of which I believe it did, all the names of Jesus`s brothers and parents are there except for Simon. The sisters were not named and could be in their husbands plots. Judah so... [More]
Comment icon #174 Posted by davros of skaro on 25 June, 2015, 19:48
Jesus, Joseph, and Simon is the Tom, Dick, and Harry of ancient Judea.
Comment icon #175 Posted by davros of skaro on 25 June, 2015, 20:06
1 Corinthians 11:27 New International Version So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. No mention of Judas who did these things unworthly in the later Gospels..Time and time again Paul misses out on using examples of an historical Jesus.Paul constantly uses allegory often through OT ure for a celestial revealed being. P.S. Keep in mind ritual meals are a Pagan influence often found in mystery Religions.
Comment icon #176 Posted by eight bits on 25 June, 2015, 21:21
davros No mention of Judas ... No mention of any disciple, in fact. Paul's institution scene is not set at table, and he never specifies whom Jesus is talking with or who eats the bread and drinks the contents of the cup. Say what you like about Paul, but dude knows how to stay on message.
Comment icon #177 Posted by Paranoid Android on 26 June, 2015, 2:06
He does, however, mention "the Twelve" in 1 Corinthians 15:5, quite shortly after the text quoted by Davros.
Comment icon #178 Posted by Shiloh17 on 26 June, 2015, 2:23
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Comment icon #179 Posted by eight bits on 26 June, 2015, 7:32
PA He does, however, mention "the Twelve" in 1 Corinthians 15:5, quite shortly after the text quoted by Davros. Received Paul doesn't explain, there or elsewhere, what a "twelve" is, so that doesn't directly help. In some ways it further muddies the waters already stirred by davros, since if Paul's "twelve" ever included Judas, then how is still twelve rather than eleven? In any case, the broader issue raised by davros is whether we should expect Paul to mention the disciples as having been disciples when he mentions an earthly Jesus. I think not. The closest Paul comes to mentioning that any ... [More]
Comment icon #180 Posted by docyabut2 on 30 June, 2015, 23:19
Anyone can tell the story of Jesus `s survival was glorified by many writhers. Jesus was a comforter to his people and if anyone reads what he really had to say, they would understand.
Comment icon #181 Posted by Shibolet on 11 July, 2015, 13:00
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. As I can see, you are not well aware of Jesus' attitude toward the Gentiles. Once, when he sent his disciples on a mission to spread the gospel of salvation, he forbade them to go the way of the Gentiles or even enter a Samaritan town. (Mat. 10:5,6) Another time a Gentile woman of Canaan approached him to ask him to cure her daughter, Jesus's answer was that the food he had ... [More]

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