Thursday, March 01, 2007

Friday Review. . . Jesus' Tomb

Just in case you get peppered with questions on Sunday from someone (hopefully, a child or early adolescent) who wants to know what you think of the James Cameron show which supposedly reveals Jesus' tomb, I thought it might be useful to link to a discussion of some of the less obvious problems with Cameron's conclusions.

Two Presbyterian Bloggers, Quotidian Grace and Kruse Kronicle, have both linked to the same discussion on a blog by Ben Witherington. This blog contains three entries each addressing problems with the Cameron show's conclusions. One is a pretty detailed discussion of the different names and the languages that they were written in. (Did anyone else notice that the name supposedly belonging to Mary Magdalene is the only one written in Greek? How much sense does that make?)

It seems that something like this comes up every Lent. So, if you want to be prepared for it and would rather spend your weekend doing something other than thinking about it, let Mr. Witherington get your thoughts together for you.

The three blog entries are:

The Jesus Tomb? 'Titanic' Talpiot Tomb Theory Sunk From the Start

Problems Multiply for Jesus Tomb Theory and

The Smoking Gun -- Tenth Talpiot Ossuary Proved to be Blank


1 comment:

John Shuck said...

I am afraid that Ben Witherington is not helpful. He simply wants to defend orthodoxy (or his version). You don't need to go there. Use your head. Do the methods and conclusions of the bone box folks meet the rigors of historical research?

Don't be afraid! Frankly, the physical resuscitation of the corpse is a silly superstitious notion anyway. Of course his body is dead and decaying, like all bodies. Resurrection is a metaphor, in my view, and in the views of a growing number of thinking Christians everywhere.