“The Lost Tomb of Jesus”, part 1 of 10

This parsed post will consider, dissect and respond to the documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” , which I featured in my book Jesus: Historical, Biblical, Apocryphal, Mythical Pagan Copycat.

Hereinafter DSC denotes “The Discovery Channel.”


This parsed essay is divided into the following segments:

Part 1: Introduction and Utterly Absolute Unquestionable Certainty
Part 2: Sensationalistic Claims – The Hype is Ripe
Part 3: Let the Debate Begin…Without Us
Part 4: Deoxyribonucleic Acid
Part 5: Statistical Probability
Part 6: Theological Considerations – The Resurrection and the Ascension
Part 7: Odd and Unfounded Assertions
Part 8: Some Academics Dare to Disagree
Part 9: Erudite Elucidators?
Part 10: The James Ossuary and Concluding Musings

On March 4, 2007 AD “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” a documentary produced by James Cameron and directed by Simcha Jacobovici, aired on the “The Discovery Channel” (hereinafter DSC) which describes it as, “Part archaeological adventure, part Biblical history, part forensic science, part theological controversy.”(Simcha Jacobovici, Ossuary Inscriptions (retrieved 3-3-07))

The documentary revolves around the discovery, in the 1980s, of a tomb that contained 10 ossuaries (bone boxes) that date to circa 2,000 years ago. The site was surveyed by archaeologist Shimon Gibson who also drew the layout plan. The ossuaries where described by L.Y. Rahmani in “A Catalogue of Jewish Ossuaries.” The ossuaries were found in the Talpiot region of Jerusalem, the “Talpiot Tomb,” or “Tomb of Ten Ossuaries,” included the following inscriptions:

Ossuary 80/500 – Mariamne e Mara

Ossuary 80/501 – Yehuda bar Yeshua

Ossuary 80/502 – Matia

Ossuary 80/503 – Yeshua bar Yosef

Ossuary 80/504 – Yose

Ossuary 80/505 – Maria


James Cameron stated,

“It doesn’t get bigger than this. We’ve done our homework; we’ve made the case; and now it’s time for the debate to begin.”(The Discovery Channel, Has the tomb of Jesus Christ been found? (retrieved 3-3-07))

How does the documentary begin? By making this statement,

“Leading scientists and theologians have not reached agreement on the meaning of this archeological discovery and questions remain. We invite viewers to apply their own judgments and interpretive skills.”

Interesting, I thought that we were constantly told that making judgments and interpretations were bad things-but alas.

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1 thought on ““The Lost Tomb of Jesus”, part 1 of 10”

  1. The Resurrection Tomb Mystery
    Discovery has come up with another movie called “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery”. I fell asleep watching it. They attempt to show that a tomb, nearby the other “Jesus Tomb”, is that of Joseph of Airmathea. Which would somehow give more credit to the “Jesus Tomb” they discoved back in 07. Can’t give a review as I didn’t see the entire program. I am betting that the evidence is just as strong as the first movie. I will have to record it.

    It seems that with this kind of programming they should rename the science channel to “Ripley’s Believe it or not”.

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