Saturday, March 03, 2007

Lies, Damned Lies, and Documentaries.

If Mark Twain were around today, I think he would amend his famous quip. From an Inconvenient Truth to anything by Michael Moore we are being subjected to hype and farcial evidence on a continuing basis to promote agendas. The half truth and emotion hype have replaced scholarship and logic. Now here is the granddaddy of them all--The Lost Tomb of Jesus. It is billed as the documentary which can change everything and if it were true it would. It is not. Most scholars came to the conclusion decades ago that this was not the Biblical Jesus.

Dr. Habermas just decimated this so called The Lost Tomb of Jesus documentary on his blog. I copied a few paragraphs to give you a taste of his work, but you need to follow the link.
"One of the leading Jewish archaeologists who worked on the burial site, Amos Kloner, did not link the tomb to Jesus at all and has declared firmly that this recent effort is totally off-base for a number of reasons. Virtually no other critical scholars have evaluated the evidence positively, while many have criticized the conclusions. Why is this the case? What are some of these scholarly reasons?
Why are the majority of scholars, both conservative and non-conservative, responding so negatively to the Jesus tomb hypothesis? For one thing, the generic names "Mary," "Joseph," and "Jesus" are among the four most popular names in the ancient Jewish world. For example, studies have shown that "Mary," or a derivative of that name, may have been used by one-quarter of Jewish women at his time! If we multiply this frequency of usage over the more than 100-year period of ossuary use (Ossuaries are "bone boxes" used to re-house the bones of the deceased.), there would be many, many people with these names and family connections. In addition, "Joseph" is only found in the tomb as a nickname, "Jose." And some scholars have said that the name "Jesus" in the inscription is unclear, and may actually be a different name. This alone would obviously change everything.
Of course, since these names were so common in that society, many individuals would be the son or daughter of others by these same names. For example, Richard Bauckham, perhaps the major scholarly source on this topic, has said that the name "Joseph" is written on 45 burial ossuaries and the name "Jesus" is found on 22 ossuaries. Even "Jesus son of Joseph" has occurred on ossuaries at least 3 or 4 times.
So how rare can a small group of burial boxes with biblical names be? And this is only one major problem among many (see the list above). These are some of the major concerns that critical scholars have had. Although we are only at an early point in the research, the consensus so far has been that this tomb is not Jesus' burial site."

Here is a link to find out about two documentaries which stand up to peer review standards on the subject of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Want more?

Ten Reasons Why The Jesus Tomb Claim is Bogus
Leading Scholars Say Discovery Channel 'Documentary' Makes for Good TV, Bad History and Bad Science


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