Myth of the lost tomb of Jesus.
- Serious reporting requires research and a genuine desire for seeking,
finding, loving and disseminating the truth.
I ask myself if this premise was taken into consideration when writing
the article on the "found" tomb of Christ.
Consider the following following facts:
--More than 1,000 ossuaries (rests of bone) from that same period have
been found in the last seven decades;
--The names of the ossuaries have slight variations. This means that
at the time of Christ, there were around a dozen of very common Jewish
names that repeated themselves with all possible combinations. Among
the most frequent names were: Simon/Simeon, John, Joseph, Jacob,
Jude/Judas, Jesus/Joshua, Zachariah, Nathaniel, Elisha/Lazarus or
Matthias. Common feminine names were even fewer and two-thirds of them
are called Mary, Salome or Martha.
--Due to the limited number of names available at the time of Christ,
hundreds of discovered ossuaries contain all possible combinations:
Matthias, bar (son of) John; Simon, son of Zachariah, etc.
--In 1931, one of the unearthed ossuaries triggered a sort of
upheaval. The tomb's inscription read: "Jesus son of Joseph." Some
adventurers argued that this was Jesus Christ's tomb. However, as
years went by, the statistics consolidated the fact that this could
not be since a dozen ossuaries had been found with the same
inscription ``Jesus, son of Joseph."
Sensationalists and scandal lovers had to surrender the argument since
it did not have any scientific base. Hence the argument put forward by
James Cameron's documentary based on the Talpiot ossuary lacks
scientific rigour and seriousness. Seen from a serious scientific
point of view, the possibility of these bones having any relation
whatsoever to Christ is null.
Even more interesting is the fact that "Jesus" is still a common name
in some languages as Hebrew (Joshua) and Spanish (Jes£s). I do not
want to annoy anyone but I have a brother called Jes£s and one of my
father's names is Joseph (José).
I wonder if a few centuries down the line my brother's tomb may be
found (Jes£s, hijo de José) and make it to world news relating my
family to that of Christ. I like the idea!
I also guess what would happen if a few centuries from now some bones
are found in a tomb that reads "Wanjiku". "FEMALE NAME GIVEN TO ALL
According to Cameron's views, any "expert" could argue to have "found"
the ossuaries of the author of our defunct and rejected constitution
of Kenya draft.
This is how absurd it all sounds. This is how we lie to ourselves and
to the world when truth is not our real concern but money. Jesus is a
name that sells.
Dan Brown's fortune has grown exponentially, thanks to Jesus. Brown's
current account is larger than Niger's for example. It is so big that
he could afford to assemble a team with 11 David Beckhams, paying them
what Galaxy is paying for the player. It is unfair, but it is true. We
can expect more of this as Jesus' name keeps on selling. Hollywood has
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