Saturday, May 15, 2004

Jesus Box Documentary on Radio 4

On Wednesday coming, BBC Radio 4 are broadcasting a documentary about the James ossuary. I talked to the producer about this a few weeks ago, just before she was about to go to Jerusalem in connection with this, and it sounds like it is going to be a really interesting documentary (in spite of the reference to a "limestone coffin" in the blurb below):

The Jesus Box
BBC Radio 4
Wed 19 May, 11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
In September 2002, archaeologists stumbled across what's been described as the biggest biblical find since the Dead Sea scrolls. A limestone coffin with the words 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus' was found in Jerusalem. But what's the meaning of this extraordinary discovery? An elaborate fake or the oldest archaeological link to Jesus?

Biblical archaeologist Jerome Murphy O'Connor picks through the evidence in a journey that takes him from the Wailing Wall to the archaeological bowels of the Sorbonne and asks whether we really are one step closer to proving that Jesus of Nazareth existed.
For readers outside the U.K., it should be available to listen to in the on-line archive after the broadcast. I'll post a link here.

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