Archaeologists working in Jerusalem claim that a discovery they made inside a burial tomb, dating back to the time of Jesus Christ, could shed new light on the origins of Christianity.
Biblical historian James Tabor, professor and chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, is working with the team, led by controversial filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici. Using a camera mounted on a robotic arm, the team found a 2,000-year-old engraving, which they claim depicts Jesus’ resurrection, on an ossuary — a limestone burial box that contains human bones — in a first-century tomb.
Tabor believes the engraving found on the ossuary depicts the Biblical story of Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale in the Book of Jonah.
For many Christians, the Old Testament story of Jonah and the whale has come to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus. If the engraving is of Jonah, as Tabor believes, he said it would be the earliest Christian symbol of resurrection ever found.
However, many biblical scholars don’t see it that way at all.
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Who WOULDN’T want the publicity surrounding the discovery of evidence for the Old Testament story? So are they seeing things that just aren’t there. That’s what makes this kind of discovery controversial. Are they after truth or sensationalism? Religious scholars are highly dubious. This is a great quote:
“He’s seeing things that simply aren’t there,” Goodacre said. “His head is so full of ‘DaVinci Code.’”
Ah, yes. Pseudoarchaeology. Even though other scholars say this has nothing to do with Jesus, we’re reporting it, aren’t we?
Sorry. But, be skeptical!
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