Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And now the Jesus Discovery Website

I have been wondering when the website connected to the book and forthcoming documentary on the latest on the Talpiot Tomb would be available, and here it is:

It features a short interview with Tabor and Jacobovici, press releases, bios, some information about the finds and, most usefully, some good pictures.

There is also news of the forthcoming Discovery documentary, "The discoveries are nothing short of astounding," they say. "This spring, the world will be watching."

Perhaps.  I doubt it, though.

More anon.

4 comments: said...

Was the fish regurgitating Jonah symbolic of a spirit being reborn?

lizw said...

The site is down at the moment: "Bandwidth limit exceeded". Oh dear. said...

Tabor uses the excuse that this was a licensed dig. I have to wonder how he managed to get a licence, and the seeming acceptance of some ultra religious. It wouldn't have been by the offer of money, would it? Money talks. When are we going to get archaeological digs for the sake of archaeology and history without all this hooha? The interest shown by the academic community is equally out of place, and does a disservice to genuine archaeology.

Jim Deardorff said...

If the drawing indeed represents a fish and at a very early date signified the sign of Jonah, I believe that would be more important than the question of who etched it. As Jonah survived those 3 days and nights and was regurgitated alive, so then did Jesus prophesy that he would, and perhaps did, survive the crucifixion. That would then connect the following points:
(a) He was on the cross a relatively short time; his legs were unbroken.
(b) Inside the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, the latter could have supplied Jesus with medical attention.
(c) Chances of survival may then have been about 1 in 3, judging from a report by Josephus.
(d) It would explain Jesus’ appearances to the disciples afterwards, and could explain how Saul (and the men with him) heard Jesus’ voice on the Road to Damascus (acts 9:7, time of day unspecified).
(e) It would explain some evidence that Jesus afterwards spent time in Damascus, plus traveling through Anatolia and Ephesus, which travels may later have led to his covert identification as Apollonius of Tyana.
(f) It would explain evidence that he had traveled along the Silk Road to India.
(g) It would explain multiple pieces of evidence from Srinagar, Kashmir, where a long life there may later have led to his identification as the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

I wish it were possible for NT scholars to look into these matters, not just independent researchers.