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Archaeologists, Scholars Dispute Jesus Documentary
CNN ^ | 2-26-2007

Posted on 02/26/2007 3:05:33 PM PST by blam

Archaeologists, scholars dispute Jesus documentary

POSTED: 2151 GMT (0551 HKT), February 26, 2007

Filmakers and researchers claim these stone boxes may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Filmmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded and contradictory to basic Christian beliefs.

"The Lost Tomb of Jesus," produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron and scheduled to air March 4 on the Discovery Channel, argues that 10 small caskets discovered in 1980 in a Jerusalem suburb may have held the bones of Jesus and his family.

One of the caskets even bears the title, "Judah, son of Jesus," hinting that Jesus may have had a son, according to the film. (Watch why it could be any Mary, Jesus and Joseph in those boxes )

"There's a definite sense that you have to pinch yourself," Cameron said Monday at a news conference. He told NBC'S "Today" show earlier that statisticians found "in the range of a couple of million to one" in favor of the documentary's conclusions about the caskets, or ossuaries.

Simcha Jacobovici, the Toronto filmmaker who directed the film, said that a name on one of the ossuaries -- "Mariamene" -- offers evidence that the tomb is that of Jesus and his family. In early Christian texts, "Mariamene" is the name of Mary Magdalene, he said.

The very fact that Jesus had an ossuary would contradict the Christian belief that he was resurrected and ascended to heaven.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeologists; documentary; godsgravesglyphs; jamescameron; jamesossuary; jerusalem; jesus; jesuscoffin; jesustomb; prstunt; scholars; simchajacobovici; talpiot

1 posted on 02/26/2007 3:05:33 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Next we'll find out that Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't really on The Titanic.


2 posted on 02/26/2007 3:09:50 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (If Not For George W Bush, Saddam Hussein Would Be In Charge Of Iraq Today AND He Would Have NUKES.)
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To: blam

Liberals said Jesus was "homeless" so how will they explain his remains being found in a middle class home? Oh that's right they are liberals, reality does not matter.


3 posted on 02/26/2007 3:10:02 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: blam

This quote says all I need to know, "may have once contained".

I may be a woman except for the small fact I am a man.

I may be a horse except I am a human.

I may be President except I'm not.


4 posted on 02/26/2007 3:11:16 PM PST by stockpirate (Democratic approach to Iraq would "validate the al-Qaeda strategy,")
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To: blam
The anti Christian and revised History channel, not surprised..
5 posted on 02/26/2007 3:13:46 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: blam

This is from an earlier post:

"However, the archaeologist who oversaw the work at the tomb described the theory as 'nonsense'.

Amos Kloner said the names found on the coffins had been found in tombs before, adding: 'It makes a great story for a TV film, but it's impossible.

'Jesus and his relatives were a Galilee family with no ties in Jerusalem. The Talpiot tomb belonged to a middle-class family from the first century.'

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791513/posts


6 posted on 02/26/2007 3:14:37 PM PST by stockpirate (Democratic approach to Iraq would "validate the al-Qaeda strategy,")
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To: blam

In case someone missed it...
there are 18 posts on it already just today.


7 posted on 02/26/2007 3:16:08 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: blam

Would Cameron and the Discovery Channel have the audacity to air a blasphemous and heretical documentary about Mohammad during Ramadan?


8 posted on 02/26/2007 3:59:37 PM PST by citizencon
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To: xcamel
18 posts? Does this make this post 19? Hey! We are all gong to have to convert to Islam anyway, so we might as well give up on the Resurrection stuff. ;-)
9 posted on 02/26/2007 4:35:38 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: SubMareener

just to catch up...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791583/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791513/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791383/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791365/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791352/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1791251/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791244/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790953/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790884/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790818/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790608/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790579/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790456/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1789966/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1789769/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791588/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791544/posts

..but who's counting


10 posted on 02/26/2007 4:39:09 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: blam
He [Cameron] told NBC'S "Today" show earlier that statisticians found "in the range of a couple of million to one"

BS. Until he names these "statisticians" and they publish their methods it's all so much BS.

11 posted on 02/26/2007 5:19:28 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: blam


12 posted on 02/26/2007 10:13:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

thanks go to GoLightly and xcamel for compiling the list (thus far) of such topics:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1789769/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1789966/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790456/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790579/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790608/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790818/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790884/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790953/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791244/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1791251/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791352/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791365/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791383/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791513/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791544/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791583/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791588/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791610/posts


13 posted on 02/26/2007 10:13:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the
"Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list or GGG weekly digest
-- Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

14 posted on 02/26/2007 10:14:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Alamo-Girl; AnalogReigns; AnAmericanMother; Angelas; AniGrrl; annyokie; Aquinasfan; aruanan; ...
Instead of multiple pings to the Shroud of Turin Ping list members, I have pinged you instead to this thread where Xcamel and SunkenCiv have compiled a list of all the threads on the so called Jesus Tomb... note, there may be some duplications. Thanks to both of them for their work.

Swordmaker

xCamel's list...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791583/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791513/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791383/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791365/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791352/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1791251/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791244/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790953/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790884/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790818/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790608/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790579/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790456/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1789966/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1789769/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791588/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791544/posts

SunkenCiv's list...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1789769/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1789966/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790456/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790579/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790608/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1790818/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1790884/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1790953/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791244/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1791251/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791352/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791365/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791383/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791513/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791544/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791583/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791588/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791610/posts

If you want on or off the Shroud of Turin Ping List, Freepmail me.


15 posted on 02/27/2007 1:07:01 AM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: All

Oops... didn't mean to slight GoLightly's efforts... Thanks to GoLightly, Xcamel, and SunkenCiv.


16 posted on 02/27/2007 1:09:01 AM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE)
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To: stockpirate
Amos Kloner said the names found on the coffins had been found in tombs before, adding: 'It makes a great story for a TV film, but it's impossible.

That would be because one of the inscriptions reads, "Waldo."

17 posted on 02/27/2007 9:19:25 AM PST by Frank Sheed ("Shakespeare the Papist" by Fr. Peter Milward, S.J.)
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To: blam

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0414302/

Other "movies" by Simcha...


18 posted on 02/27/2007 9:23:17 AM PST by Frank Sheed ("Shakespeare the Papist" by Fr. Peter Milward, S.J.)
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To: blam; All

This is a pure PR stunt for a fake documentary.

Cameron has nothing but movie failures and money to burn.

He is trying to do ANYTHING to get back in the lime light.

The best we can do about this one is just ignore it and let it flop. We can easily avoid movie theaters that show it.


19 posted on 02/27/2007 9:29:45 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Swordmaker

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 02/27/2007 10:31:14 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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