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The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the…

The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence… (2007)

by Simcha Jacobovici, Charles Pellegrino

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There are dozens of investigative books on Jesus-Jesus as a myth who never lived, Jesus who disappeared for a number of years before he came back, speculations on his whereabouts during his `disappearance', and his emergence and possible impact. For the faithful, none of this matter; they believe they know him. For the thinker, it matters, especially because of the contradicting stories and the discovery of later evidences. Clearly, there is an interest in Jesus from lay people as well as scholars.

This is a compelling book that cannot be dismissed. It is written after painstaking investigation. It reads like a detective work, a treat for any interested reader. The brilliant Forward by James Cameron must be read first. While the authors' conclusions may not be the ultimate proofs (it is not possible to `prove' anything that happened thousands of years ago `conclusively') their research work of stunning proportion is remarkable. The reader can come to his/her own conclusions.

It is worth noting that there are books on the discovery of Jesus' and his family members' tombs in and near Kashmir, India. The tomb of Moses is also in the same area, according to these sources. ( )
  uma1 | Jan 16, 2012 |
This books tells of the story of the discovery of the Talpiot Tomb (a rock-cut tomb discovered in 1980 in East Jerusalem) that makes the argument that the tomb is that of Jesus and his “family”. It is based on a documentary by Canadian film director James Cameron that was released on the Discovery Channel in March 2007. This book, and the documentary have been the subject of much controversy.
  DLUC | Mar 9, 2011 |
The Jesus Family Tomb reads well, as one would expect from a host of a History Channel show. However, just as one would expect from the host of History Channel show, the book is short on analysis, fact, or believability. Some claims made in the book are outright lies, others distortions, and, not surprisingly, some are true. It is by the careful weaving of these claims that the authors keep from making themselves sound absurd. The worst part of the book is the statistical "analysis" of the names on the tomb. Unfortunately for the authors, this is also one of the main pieces of evidence for their claims.

Have the authors even made a prima facia case that this is the tomb of Jesus and his family? No. Is this the tomb of Jesus? Who knows. Does it matter? Not to anyone with even a tenuous grip on rationality. ( )
  ulfhjorr | Mar 8, 2010 |
I had doubts about this book, it was one of those books that you look at and think well I will read the first couple of pages and decide if I really want to read the rest of the book. The foreword by James Cameron had me hooked.
For those of you who can only accept the bible as it is now will be offended by this book, but then again if you really want to be enlightened you really should read this book. ( )
  castlewalls | Jun 14, 2009 |
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Pellegrino, Charlesmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time—the discovery of the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Following the accidental bulldozing of a tomb during the building of a housing complex in suburban Jerusalem in 1980, archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority were immediately called to the scene. Inside, the archaeologists found ten ossuaries—limestone boxes that served as first-century coffins. Six had inscriptions, including Jesus, son of Joseph; two Marys; and Judah, son of Jesus. The team concluded that the unusual group of names was merely coincidence. After removing and cataloging the ossuaries, they left the tomb to the builders to finish what they had already started.

Twenty-five years later, Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy award-winning journalist, tracked down the ossuaries in the Israeli Antiquities Authority's warehouse and decided to investigate this remarkable collection of names. Simcha mapped and then located the original tomb, which, to his surprise, was still intact. Granted unequaled access, he soon found that the archaeologists were unaware of key evidence that made this the discovery of a lifetime.

This is a story that is destined to grab international headlines and raise fundamental questions about the historical Jesus. Are the "Jesus" and "Mary" referred to in these inscriptions the Jesus and Mary Magdalene of the gospels? Readers are taken on a remarkable journey: from telling statistical analysis, to a time-bending trip across two millennia, and an investigation of the patinas and DNA of the tombs that makes an episode of CSI look mundane. The Jesus Family Tomb arrives at an extraordinary answer to an ancient mystery.

A riveting combination of history, archaeo-logy, and theology, this book will change the way we think about God, religion, and everything we have learned about the life and death of Jesus.

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"In 1980, workers at a Jerusalem construction site accidentally uncovered a cache of bone boxes from early Christian times. When reports about the crypt discovery leaked out 16 years later, the London Sunday Times headlined the story as "The Tomb That Dare Not Speak Its Name." Now the full story will be told. In 2005, documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici obtained permission to break through the apartment floor and reenter the tomb. Part archaeological detective story and part early Christian history, The Jesus Family Tomb is a narrative as riveting as any novel."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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