Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jesus Family Tomb or Discovery Channel Bomb?

Here are a few links to help you follow the latest Jesus scandal: the claim made by a Discovery Channel documentary (airing March 4, at 9:00 p.m.) that Jesus' bone box and family tomb have been found.

The official (and very spiffy) website for the documentary is a model of how to inform and educate, and of how to blur the line between fact and fancy:

Keeping his book-related blog up to date, James Tabor offers a sympathetic summary of the argument.

A blog by Ben Witherington, NT scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary and prolific author, is (predictably but understandably) critical at every point.
A more polished version of his thoughts is now available at BeliefNet, here.

Darrell L. Bock, NT professor at Dallas Seminary, consulted on the project but is also highly critical.

As usual, some of the most thoughtful and cautious remarks are coming from Duke University NT professor Mark Goodacre who can always be counted on as a great source for the latest NT happ'nins. Keep checking back here.

BeliefNet has an evolving collection of links on the topic and on related archaeological debates about Jesus and early Christianity.

UPDATE 3-3-07: Jodi Magness, Biblical scholar and archaeologist, offers a succinct summary of all the reasons the tomb can't belong to Jesus.

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