Skip to comments.Christ's disciples' remains 'discovered'
Posted on 03/04/2012 5:06:29 AM PST by Renfield
An amateur archaeologist and film maker claims to have identified what could be the remains of some of Christ's 12 disciples in a first century burial chamber buried beneath a block of flats in Jerusalem.
A team led by Simcha Jacobovic, a Canadian documentary director, used a robot to photograph a number of limestone burial caskets, found below a block of flats, which may provide an unprecedented glimpse into Christianity's earliest days.
But the potential significance of the discovery is almost certain to be overshadowed by controversy, with Mr Jacobovic using it as new evidence to bolster his widely disputed claims to have identified the bones of Christ and his family at a nearby burial site.
The caskets, known as ossuaries, were inscribed with what some independent experts said could plausibly be the earliest Christian iconography ever documented...
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Finding the bones of the apostles might make this guy’s day, but the apostles themselves would shake their heads since their every goal was to put the focus on Christ and the power of the Gospel. As far as having the bones of Christ, I know this to be false - for a fact. He rose, ascended into heaven and sent his Holy Spirit who is living in the humble confines of millions of hearts.
Full agreement - discovering the apostles remains serves no purpose - there is no doubt that they existed and did what the Bible says they did. I love the paradox of Christ - the universe and time reside within Him, yet He resides in our hearts.
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Thanks Renfield. I'm surprised this hasn't turned into a sectarian bloodbath by now.
This wasn't just a bunch of Jews who were set aside on account of wealth, relationship, or education.
They were first called Christians in Antioch, but the "they" in "they" existed long before that time!
What’s next? The discovery of the widow’s mite? lol.
What is a block of flats?
Ah, I understand now. Thanks.
There is a difference between disciples, believers, and apostles, the twelve men especially taught by Jesus. Those men went far and wide and are buried in diverse places.
A group of Apartment Buildings.
Block = GroupI grew up in Chicago and we lived in an Apartment Building. The kids from one street away lived in small wooden houses, no more than a tiny cottage and just above a Shack. And on the rare occasion I'd play with them, Baseball or War, they thought they were insulting me when they'd say to some new kid, "Oh he lives in 'The Flats'."
Flat, Flats = Apartment Building
But the joke was on them as our Apartment was bigger and fancier (Fireplace in Living Room) than their broken down tiny wooden 'cottage'. At least 1/3 of them had faulty foundations and the houses tilted. Plus right behind their 'house' were the Railroad Tracks. And those RR Tracks were used regularly.
Anywho, the article's location is about Apartment Buildings.
Amen: Nuff said
According to tradition, most of the 12 apostles left Jerusalem, and what is known of their ultimate fate seems to be based more on tradition than on hard factual knowledge. Almost all are said to have been martyred at various locations ranging from Rome to Armenia and India. Only John is thought to have died in his bed.
As far as having the bones of Christ, I know this to be false - for a fact. He rose, ascended into heaven and sent his Holy Spirit who is living in the humble confines of millions of hearts.
Exactly. This guy should learn a little about the Shroud of Turin.
Those men went far and wide and are buried in diverse places.
Not a Biblical scholar, but that is what I was thinking.
Like most news stories, the reporter got it wrong or at least chose to use words that make the most shocking ‘news’. I don’t believe the project’s leaders make the argument that this is the tomb of Apostles. Even the word ‘disciples’ takes on an enlarged meaning similar to ‘Apostles’ in many Christians today and is used interchangeably.
I suggest you go to the following site of Dr. James Tabor, head of the Dept. of Religion at U. North Carolina. Dr. Tabor has run archeological digs all over Israel for over 20 years. He was part of the team that worked on this project and has written a new book on the discoveries in the tomb.
With all of the archeological discoveries being made in Israel these days, such as King David’s palace or the homes of some of the Temple priests during the time of Jesus, I don’t understand why there is total negativity about the possibility that archeological discoveries can be made relating to the very early years of Christianity.
After all, the Gospels were written down long after his cruxifiction and the Resurrection and could contain only information that was passed down orally by believers to one another.
These ossuaries may contain evidence of very early followers of Jesus in Jerusalem who believed in his Resurrection. And I would think that is exciting news for Christians today.
Why? Were you doubting?
There are no bones of Christ. He is risen!
Ishtar...ugh, I mean EASTER must be coming.
Hey, make sure the Catholic church hears about this. They could carve up those remains into literally thousands of fragments and distribute them around the world to all their churches so that parishioners can pray to them.
Simcha Jacobovic has some interesting ideas but (A) I think some of his interpretations are, to put it kindly, unlikely and (B) he’s heavily biased toward his own Judaism such that he favors interpretations that favor showing Judaism is accurate but, again to put it kindly, applies a different standard to Christian evidence, favoring interpretations that show Christianity is inaccurate. I don’t dislike him and like some of his ideas about historical Judaism, but I’m far more skeptical about his pronouncements about Christianity, including this one.
Amateur is right. He only gets publicity from the fake “history” type TV channels. And after 200 years of intensive archeology isn’t it strange that nearly every year he has a new “find” to debunk Christianity?