Most of you have heard by now that a group of so-called experts, including the producer of The Titanic (a real scholarly crowd!) has ‘discovered’, in Jerusalem, a box of bones that supposedly contains the bones of Jesus—and ‘demonstrates’ (as Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code failed so miserably to do) that Jesus really was married to Mary Magdalene. They have made a ‘documentary’ about their ‘findings’ that aired this past weekend on The Discovery Channel. Read more at: y-zine.com.
Their theory that Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead, and that he was married and had children, is based on this discovery of a box of bones (a way of burial common to ancient times) containing the names Jesua son of Joseph, Mary, Mariamene, Mathew, Jofa, and Judah son of Jesua. The assumption is made (probably correctly) that these people were all family, and that the name Mariamene is code for Mary Magdalene. And after all, they say, what are the chances that another Jesua (Jesus) son of Joseph would have been living in ancient
So, do they have a case? Is it possible that our faith in the literal resurrection of Jesus (and therefore Christianity itself) is one big hoax? A few things to think about…
1. What are the chances of there being another Jesus, son of Joseph (who also had a family member named Mary) floating around in ancient
2. Why would Mary and Joseph have been buried in
3. It is interesting that the archaeological community—the people who actually discovered this box in 1980 (and who do this kind of thing for a living) have not considered this a significant find at all. For the reasons above (and others) the real experts place no credence in this new theory. In fact, though the archaeological community has known about this box for 27 years, this new ‘theory’ has only surfaced recently—with
4. Place yourself in 1st century
So which is the hoax? Christianity? Or the Jesus Family Tomb? Think it out and the answer becomes obvious. Do we want to trust the writings of the New Testament—written the decades immediately following Jesus’ life and death; written by eye-witnesses; and disseminated in the
Or do we want to trust the musings of a few half-cocked Americans with a box of bones and a movie camera?