Monday, 26 February 2007

The Jesus Tomb

Well, the big story tonight is the discovery of what some purport to be the tomb of Jesus and his family. I don’t need to explain too much of the story here, because it’s so easy to find. I also don’t need to weigh in on the arguments. There are many people more qualified than I to handle that chore.

I just want to make one point to anyone who may not know quite what to think of it all. This is what the shield of faith (Eph 6:16) is for. This story is one of Satan’s fiery darts and time will show it to be at best, well-intentioned speculation or at worst, deliberate fraud. It is probably somewhere in between. I would suggest that anyone who may be disturbed by this story, or who may sense even small doubts creeping into their mind, to raise the shield of faith until all the evidence is in.

Ben Witherington gives an excellent response on his blog. Read the comments as well. There is a very interesting statistical analysis by “Jay.”

Take Care


Anonymous said...

I guess it is true that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

So far, only the press in Witherington’s native Kentucky have delicately raised the issue of the pot calling the kettle bla…that is, the pot calling the ossuary cracked in Witherington’s overheated (the gentleman protests too much) protestations against the latest “biggest New Testament find”* in his lifetime.

Lexington County Herald, 2/27/07

On his blog, Witherington fired a final salvo by referring to the Titanic and saying Cameron “has now jumped on board another sinking ship full of holes, presumably in order to make a lot of money before the theory sinks into an early watery grave. Man the lifeboats and get out now.”

In 2003, Witherington and co-author Hershel Shanks, editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, wrote in The Brother of Jesus that they believed an ossuary bearing the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” was authentic.
A few months after The Brother of Jesus was published, Israel’s Antiquities Authority decided that the ossuary was a fake. It charged the ossuary’s owner, Oded Golan, with fraud and illegally selling archaeological artifacts outside of Israel. His trial continues, 21/2 years after it began.

Witherington said that he and Shanks stand by their conclusion that the ossuary is authentic and are not likely to change their minds, regardless of the trial’s outcome.
* “This is probably going to be the biggest New Testament find in my lifetime, as big as the Dead Sea scrolls,” said Ben Witherington, a New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

National Geographic News


If Witherington can be such a zealot about HIS OWN wacky claims about HIS OWN phony ossuary, it would only seem sporting that he would cut Simcha Jacobovici (Witherington’s former partner in crime. He was the man who helped Witherington create and hype his documentary on the phony “James Ossuary” about 4 years ago - shown on, you guessed it! The Discovery Channel!) and James Cameron some slack.

John K said...

Thanks, A., for your comment. Oddly enough I agree with you somewhat about protesting too much. I will try to give a fuller answer later.

John K