Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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  • 'Jesus tomb' documentary ignores biblical & scientific evidence, logic, experts say

    by Michael Foust, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 (11 years ago)

    "There are lots of weaknesses to their argument, but the DNA 'evidence' and the way they're trying to use it is hilarious."
    Ben Witherington III

    Professor of New Testament

    Asbury Theological Seminary

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The controversial claim by an upcoming television special that researchers have discovered Jesus' "tomb" falls apart under both scientific scrutiny and simple logic, scholars in New Testament and archaeological studies say.

          The Discovery Channel will air "The Lost Tomb of Christ" -- produced by James Cameron of "Titanic" fame -- Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern. Among other things, the documentary claims Jesus and his family's ossuaries (or bone boxes) were found in a tomb in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot. Read More

  • 'Lost Tomb' is pure sensationalism, Mohler says on 'LKL'

    by Jeff Robinson, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 (11 years ago)

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    Those who are closest to the “Jesus tomb” -- archaeologists in Israel – are calling the controversial claims false, Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. told a television audience Feb. 26
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The alleged discovery by archaeologists and genetic scientists of the “lost tomb of Jesus” is nothing more than a made-for-television hoax that will not undermine the Christian faith, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Feb. 26 on CNN’s "Larry King Live."

          A documentary titled “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” set to air on the Discovery Channel Sunday night, purports to present archaeological, statistical and genetic science findings that demonstrate a tomb unearthed in 1980 contains the remains of Jesus and his family.

    "Every Lenten season, we are treated to the same kind of speculation. 'Jesus was just a carpenter (they say).' I suppose we will learn next year he did his apprenticeship at Home Depot or Lowe's."
    William Donohue

          Executive producer James Cameron and director Simcha Jacobovici told viewers the so-called DNA evidence from the tomb makes a compelling case that it contained the remains of Jesus and his family. The tomb is inscribed with the name of "Jesus, son of Joseph," along with five others: "Mary," "Mary known as the master," "Judah son of Jesus," "Jose" and "Matthew." The ossuary for Mary's husband, Joseph, was not found, according to the documentary's website. Supporters of the documentary claim one of the Mary's is Mary Magdalene, Jesus' "wife." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Has the family tomb of Jesus been found?

    by Mike Licona, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 (11 years ago)

    "When the Talpiot tomb hypothesis is weighed on the historian’s scale, a few beans may be placed on the side in its favor while a brick of historical evidence is placed gently on the side against it. The tip of the scale that follows is not a gentle one."
    Mike Licona
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In New York City Feb. 26, movie director James Cameron, film documentarian Simcha Jacobovici and a few others announced that they have identified a tomb in East Talpiot, just south of the old city of Jerusalem, which they believe contained the skeletal remains of Jesus Christ.

          Supposedly, in the tomb also were found the remains of his family, including his mother Mary, his "wife" Mary Magdalene, his "son" Judah, his brother Joses and another possible family member named Matthew. The remains were found in burial bone boxes called ossuaries. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

    by Alvin Reid, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 (11 years ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Once upon a time (@ 1959) in a land called America there lived a group of people who banded together with a common faith, a common culture, and in so many ways, a common aesthetic. This group proved to be a growing population in numbers and in influence in the land of the free and the home of the brave. If you know much about them and their time you will recognize them. Here are a few shared features from back in the day: Read More