Jesus Discovery: His Burial Tomb?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The religious world has been shaken by a new book called "The Jesus Discovery" which claims the burial tomb of Jesus has been found.

The book says that in 2010 authors James D. Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici, working with archaeologists and historians, found tombs underneath a condo complex in Jerusalem.

The authors write:

A compelling argument can be made that the Garden tomb is that of Jesus of Nazareth and his family... Both tombs are most likely located on the rural estate of Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy member of the Sanhedrin who according to all four New Testament gospels took official charge of Jesus' burial.

They explored the tomb with a robotic camera, finding two bone boxes with an image and inscription that suggest early Christian ideas about resurrection. It could be translated as "Divine Jehovah, raise up, raise up."

The discovery provides the earliest archaeological evidence of faith in Jesus' resurrection from the dead, the first witness to a saying of Jesus that predates even the writing of our New Testament gospels, and the earliest example of Christian art, all found in a sealed tomb dated to the 1st century.

However many religious historians doubt this is Jesus' tomb. James Tabor, the chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, said that Jesus's body ascended to heaven, so his remains could never be found.

"The very notion of 'finding the tomb of Jesus' rightly smacks of cheap sensationalism to most academics - akin to bogus claims of locating the ark of the covenant, the holy grail, pieces of the true cross, or Noah's ark," he blogged, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.