The Tomb That Isn't

I mentioned earlier that the secular marketing campaign before every Easter tries to derail the faith in the resurrection of Jesus. This year, it was a blockbuster-style “documentary” that the remains of Jesus had been found in a tomb. Pay no attention to all those archaeologists that debunked this claim years ago, this time it’s true! (Unless, of course, it isn’t)

Or perhaps not. Turns out the archaeologists actually quoted in the “documentary” are backtracking. Apparently *nobody* believes it’s actually Jesus’ tomb. But hey, it’s after Easter now. Doesn’t matter if the news was true, at least they got it aired on TV before all those pesky Christians were tempted to go to church.

Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary that suggests that Jesus and his family members were buried in a nondescript ancient Jerusalem burial cave have now revised their conclusions, including the statistician who claimed that the odds were 600:1 in favor of the tomb being the family burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth, a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows.

The dramatic clarifications, compiled by epigrapher Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in a paper titled “Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story is losing its scholarly support,” come two months after the screening of The Lost Tomb of Christ that attracted widespread public interest, despite the concomitant scholarly ridicule.

I wonder what attack on the truth they’ll launch next year?

2 thoughts on “The Tomb That Isn't

  1. It seemed that the overall “documentary” had very little impact. I am sure that James Cameron (I am still unclear as to how he was involved…) is fairly disappointed about this.

    There was lots of hype before and just after the film was on but it doesn’t really seem like many took it too seriously.

    People still believe in nonsense relating to this, but it doesn’t appear that this has caused any actual problems. And if anyone of faith was actually deterred by it, that would really make me sad.


  2. Matt, I agree, but I wouldn’t be surprised that the story deterred somebody from going to church for the first time. I find that discouraging, too.


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