Skip to comments.Jesus: Tales From The Crypt
Posted on 02/24/2007 1:36:08 PM PST by Roberts
Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity.
In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith--and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.
No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true.
Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. Israel's prominent archeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn't associate the crypt with the New Testament Jesus. His father, after all, was a humble carpenter who couldn't afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all were common Jewish names.
There was also this little inconvenience that a few miles away, in the old city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshipping the empty tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ's resurrection, after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to a carpenter's wife in a manger is the Son of God.
But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family.
Ever the showman, (Why does this remind me of the impresario in another movie,"King Kong", whose hubris blinds him to the dangers of an angry and very large ape?) Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene. News about the film, which will be shown soon on Discovery Channel, Britain's Channel 4, Canada's Vision, and Israel's Channel 8, has been a hot blog topic in the Middle East (check out a personal favorite: Israelity Bites) Here in the Holy Land, Biblical Archeology is a dangerous profession. This 90-minute documentary is bound to outrage Christians and stir up a titanic debate between believers and skeptics. Stay tuned.
Oh yes. But there will be people who cite him for years as proof...
How funny. James Cameron is the Oliver Stone of the 21st century.
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia.
DNA tests could prove that the remains of the people in the coffins are related to each other. It doesn't prove anything re whether or not this is THE Jesus of Nazareth and his family.
Smells like a 1st Century Roman disinformation op to me.
Amazing how James Cameron can do what no one in the first century could do, even though you know, those people were THERE at the time and everything, and many had every incentive to find Jesus' body and stamp out that pesky "Christian problem."
There never was any 1st century disagreement with the empty tomb as far as I have found...
He's really gone in for this "King of the World" idea--pr for a real alliance with its claimant.
The egoism that would seek to have coffins of Jesus, Mary and Joeseph at one's control is demonic.
The Bible is an anvil which has worn out many hammers.
So a large number of followers that were witness to all of that history opted to give up their lives and die horribly for spreading the story that there was a man from heaven who was the Son of God and forgave sins... a guy, who according to this movie, lived out a quiet life in the suburbs with a wife a kids? Yeah, that makes more sense.
LOL. Nicely put.
I'm still struggling to understand how Cameron thinks he obtained a DNA sample from the Son of God, and without a court order at that.
*** It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs.***
Whazza matta? Couldn't they read Hebrew? 20 years? Common!
Does this mean Cameron claims to be in possession of the Holy Grail?
12 guys sitting in a room, defeated
Their leader is dead, and did not resurrect as he had promised.
"Hey, I got an idea!" one says.
"Let's make up a fantastic lie, and then all of us go out and die horribly for that lie!"
Yeah, that would happen.
"Smells like a 1st Century Roman disinformation op to me."
I had a similar thought, but point the finger at the Jewish priest caste in Israel at that time; those with the most to lose. The New Testament speaks about how they tried to start disinformation at the time.
There is a big masonic push to claim our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus succombed to sexual desire, having illegitimate children with Mary Magdalene, now apparantly wasn't resurrected, let alone ascended, but on the other hand are also pushing to advocate Islam.
Those who deny the Son, don't have the Father, nor the Son in them. Too bad they don't just receive and accept His prevenient grace. Not only would they accept the opposite, they would also receive the many gifts of God the Holy Spirit, predestined in eternity past for them personally.
You do know that Joseph, Jesus, and Mary were extremely common names at that time. It wouldn't mean a whole lot finding families with those names, anyway.
For the record, I think that Jesus' message of forgiveness and salvation through God is more of a cornerstone of Christian faith than whether he was physically ressurected or not. Even so, this is very weird.
Shhhhhh! can you keep a secret
There was already a movie done about this. I cannot remember the title, it was an Israeli-Italian movie where a tomb was found and they found a body in it.
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. -- 1 Corinthians 15:14
"You do know that Joseph, Jesus, and Mary were extremely common names at that time. It wouldn't mean a whole lot finding families with those names, anyway."
Indeed they were. This is just another non-event that won't change the minds of any believer, and will soon be forgotten by even the non-believer.
There is a reason that there is little evidence of Jesus outside of the Bible. If there were overwhelming evidence, what good would our faith be?
Ring... Ring... Ring... JC: Hello. LAB: Hello, is this Mr. Cameron? JC: Yes, this is he. LAB: Mr. Cameron, we're terribly sorry. Do you recall the lab report we sent you regarding the DNA sample? JC: Yes. LAB: Well, as it turns out, we had a clerical error in the lab and we inadvertently gave your the results from a family in a neighboring village. CD: "Near, Far, where ever you are I believe that the heart does go on...." JC: My God, what have I done ?!!! CD: "You are safe in my heart, and my heart will go on..."
And he probably thinks he's the first person ever to have come up with this brilliant explanation! What a maroon.
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If this man and his pitifully partner had any real stones let them raise doubt that Muhammed didn't ascend directly to Heaven.
This would take real guts in that part of the world they could loose their lives and and the lives of their families.
But like I said it does not take any stones to attack Christ.