In 1980 an ancient tomb was unearthed on a building site in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot by archaeologists Amos Kloner and Shimon Gibson. Inside were a number of bone boxes (or ossuaries) dating from the 1st century. The inscriptions on the sides of these boxes were an archaeological bombshell; they included the names Jesus son of Joseph , Mary, another Mary in the rare form Mariamne , a Jose , a Matthew and a Judah son of Jesus, all names potentially associated with the New Testament family of Jesus of Nazareth.
For over twenty years the ossuaries languished in the stores of the Israeli Antiquity Authority. Then in the early years of the 21st century bible historian James Tabor began to question if the tomb at Talpiot was indeed the final resting place of Jesus Christ.
A series of scientific tests and a close analysis of ancient texts seemed to suggest this could indeed be the tomb of Jesus, especially if the ossuary inscribed Mariamne could be positively identified with Mary Magdalene. If this identification was confirmed it would not only suggest that Jesus and Mary Magdalene could have been married, it would also suggest that the Judah son of Jesus ossuary belonged to Jesus' son! Working on the assumption that the Maraiamne ossuary found at Talpiot was indeed the final resting place of Mary Magdalene, statisticians concluded it was 99% certain that this was the tomb of Jesus Christ.
This finding strikes at the heart of traditional Christianity which is based on the belief that Jesus was physically resurrected from an empty tomb near the Holy Sepulchre Church, the traditional site of crucifixion. Yet James Tabor argues that it would have been easy for the disciples to simply remove Jesus' body from the tomb at Golgotha and place him in a tomb at Talpiot.
However, once Tabor's theory was made public there was uproar. Immediately a new interpretation of the Mariamne inscription gave no suggestion that this bone box had belonged to Mary Magdalene. The original excavators weighed in with their own doubts. Particularly they asked why, if this was Jesus' tomb, were there no signs of crucifixion amongst the bones found in the tomb? On top of that, DNA tests designed to show that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married proved worthless.
Statisticians took another look at the numbers; now there was a 10 to 20 % chance that this could be the family tomb of Jesus: a figure that is considered statistically insignificant. And archaeologist Shimon Gibson has another theory; he believes the family tomb of Jesus actually lies beneath the Holy Sepulchre church, in what is traditionally considered the family tomb of Joseph of Arimethea, just a stone's throw from the traditional site of Golgotha.
But where does that leave the story of the resurrection itself? To answer that question bible scholar Bart Ehrman comes up with a radical new approach to the tale of the empty tomb. He sees it as part of an oral tradition invented after Jesus' death to justify the belief already taking hold amongst early Christians that Jesus had undergone a physical resurrection when actually the chances are that his body was left on the cross to rot like a common criminal.
- Sales Rank: #622826 in DVD
- Brand: Kulter
- Released on: 2009-09-29
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Formats: Color, NTSC
- Original language:
- Dimensions: .22 pounds
- Running time: 50 minutes
- ISBN: 978-0-7697-8897-5
- Running Time: 50 minutes
- Sound: Dolby 2.0
- Composer/Author: Ty Unwin
In 1980 an ancient tomb was unearthed on a building site in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot by archaeologists. Inside were a number of bone boxes dating
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