The Jesus Discovery

The Jesus Discovery

The New Archaeological Find That Reveals the Birth of Christianity

Book - 2012
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The Jesus Discovery  shows how a recent major archeological discovery in Jerusalem is revolutionizing our understanding of Jesus and the earliest years of Christianity.

The story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici, working with archaeologists, geologists, and forensic anthropologists, explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery. The tomb contained several ossuaries, or bone boxes, two of which were carved with an iconic image and a Greek inscription. Taken together, the image and the inscription constitute the earliest archaeological evidence of faith in Jesus' resurrection.

Since the newly discovered ossuaries can be reliably dated to before 70 AD, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, they also provide the first evidence in Jerusalem of the people who would later be called "Christians." In fact, it is possible, maybe even likely, that whoever was buried in this tomb knew Jesus and heard him preach.

The newly examined tomb is only 200 feet away from the so-called Jesus Family Tomb. This controversial tomb, excavated in 1980 and recently brought to international attention, contained ossuaries inscribed with names associated with Jesus and his immediate family. Critics dismissed the synchronicity of names as mere coincidence. But the new discovery increases the likelihood that the "Jesus Family Tomb" is, indeed, the real tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Tabor and Jacobovici discuss the evidence in support of this interpretation and describe how both tombs appear to have been part of the property of a wealthy individual, possibly Joseph of Arimathea, the man who, according to the gospels, buried Jesus.

The Jesus Discovery explains how the recent find is revolutionizing our understanding of the earliest years of Christianity. Tabor and Jacobovici discuss what the concept of resurrection meant to the first followers of Jesus, particularly how it differed from the common understanding of the term today. Because the new archaeological discovery predates all other Christian documents, including the gospels, it offers a dramatic witness to what the people who knew Jesus believed.

There is no doubt that this is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. The Jesus Discovery is the firsthand account of how it happened and what it means.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 9781451650402
145165040X
Branch Call Number: 232.964 TAB 2012 23
Characteristics: 254 p. : ill., map
Additional Contributors: Jacobovici, Simcha

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LRS1969 Jun 17, 2012

Very interesting book that provokes a lot of thought and a desire to do further research on this topic. In checking Amazon's reviews, I noted that a lot of the top level reviewers
were Biblical scholars, ministers, Ph.Ds, etc., while many of the nay-sayers were not and in fact in argument made references to scholars who supposedly have refuted Tabor's work - yet I find no evidence in rebuttal, other than verbal attacks, or attacked Tabor's book as simply being a re-hash of a few years earlier documentary film of a completely different tomb (where Tabor was simply a consultant). Or, simply had bad reviews based on being fundamentalist Evangical types to whom the Bible is "the INERRANT Word of God in which every word is the Truth of God" --- when in fact just the opposite is true! Take the birth of Yeshus (Jesus is his GREEK name)... The first known many, many Books, Gospels, Letters of early Christianity were written in Greek and later translated to Latin and Aramic and then eventually to Hebrew - and these were written in the time frame of 70 AD (only one or two) until as late as 150 - 300+ AD.

For those who insist on the INERRANCY of the Bible, I would point out that there are at a minimum 1,000 known full contradictions in the Bible and today (as computers scan and compare the tens of thousands of verses) the total may now be up to 5,000 plus! "Simply check the first 4 Gospels of the NT and compare the birth and early life of Yeshua and then the Crucifixion period - and explain why they are all different from each other. And better yet, "google" phrases "Bible Contradictions" and "Bible Errancies" ... and, finally, check out supporting Biblical research books by true Biblical historians and researchers (Gregory J. Riley, M. Craveri, Judge Haim Cohn, Morton Smith, John Meier, etc., - or simply read the 25 pages of footnotes and 5 pages of Bibliography and and 15 pages of authors' interviews at the end of the book "Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus" (and at least the last chapter!)

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Jun 09, 2012

This book is very interesting. I'm on page 51 at time of writing. Is it possible that these men discovered the tomb of Jesus? Yes, very! Also has a chapter on his DNA, and much more. Highly recommend.

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