No, I don’t think so, but skeptics are thrilled:
The cave in which Jesus Christ was buried has been found in Jerusalem, claim the makers of a new documentary film.
If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history.
The coffins which, according to the filmmakers held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene will be displayed for the first time on Monday in New York.
Jointly produced by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and Oscar winning director James Cameron, the film tells the exciting and tortuous story of the archeological discovery.
The story starts in 1980 in Jerusalem’s Talpiyot neighborhood, with the discovery of a 2,000 year old cave containing ten coffins. Six of the ten coffins were carved with inscriptions reading the names: Jesua son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Matthew, Jofa (Joseph, identified as Jesus’ brother), Judah son of Jesua (Jesus’ son – the filmmakers claim).
Why am I not impressed? All the Sanhedrin had to do was point out this burial site and produce Jesus’ body back in the year 33 to nip Christianity in the bud. But they didn’t. Why?
Oh, wait, I get it — the high priest and all the Pharisees and Sadducees decided it was better to wait two thousand years to kill Christianity.
Pardon me if I find that argument unconvincing.
Bear in mind, too, that this tomb was actually unearthed in 1980. The fact that scholars have pretty much ignored it for 27 years should tell you something.