Monday, February 26, 2007

Jesus Coffin Found, Says Titanic Director.

Titanic director James Cameron has produced a documentary that he says will rock the foundation of Christianity. Cameron claims the coffins of Jesus Christ and his family have been found at a burial cave in a suburb of Jerusalem.

By implication, the filmmaker says that Jesus did not rise from the grave — an assertion that hits at one of the main pillars of Christian faith, the Resurrection. Further, the documentary claims Jesus sired a child with Mary Magdalene, a disputed theme made famous by the best-selling fiction book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the 2006 movie based on it, the Time magazine reported on its website.

Cameron is scheduled to hold a news conference in New York on Monday to unveil what he says are the stone coffins of Jesus, his mother and Mary Magdalene.

Cameron and the film’s director, Simcha Jacobovici, claim to have put together DNA and archeological evidence, as well as evidence found in biblical studies proving the coffins belong to Jesus and his family.

The caskets were discovered in a 2,000-year-old cave in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiyot during construction of an industrial park 27 years ago. After 20 years of examination, the names on the caskets supposedly became clear: Jesua, son of Joseph; Mary; Mary; Matthew; Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. (The Times Of India)

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The findings in the cave, including the decipherment of the inscriptions, were first revealed about ten years ago by internationally renowned Israeli archeologist Professor Amos Kloner.

Since their discovery, the caskets were kept in the Israeli Antiquities Authority archive in Beit Shemesh, but now two have been sent to New York for their first public exhibition.

Although the cave was discovered nearly 30 years ago and the casket inscriptions decoded ten years ago, the filmmakers are the first to establish that the cave was in fact the burial site of Jesus and his family.

The film, which documents the stages of the discovery, is the result of three years labor and research. It will be broadcast on the international Discovery Channel, Britain's Channel 4, Canada’s Vision and Israel’s Channel 8, which also took part in the film's production.

According to the filmmakers, the film’s claim is based on close work with world-famous scientists, archeologists, statisticians, DNA specialists and antiquities experts.



Anonymous mich said...

Hmmm, this will be interesting. But there are few questions raised about DNA part: how to identify the DNA from tomb is Jesus? Because DNA profiling is made by making comparison, e.g. compare the piece of hair (at crime scene) to the suspect/perpetrator, like in CSI. (
Times magazine also discussed a bit on this, and this line is reported:"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."
Well, let's see what are the evindence put forward...

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