Over the last couple of days, much has been made in some parts of the media about the possibility that Jesus’ family tomb has been found in Jerusalem. The reports that I have heard in the media have not been particularly helpful, but there is a lot of information out on the web in biblioblogs (ie weblogs provided by biblical scholars about biblical issues). While I am not suggesting that simply having tertiary qualifications makes you an immediate expert, this information is more reliable than that circulating in the secular press because the authors are operating in areas where they’ve done considerable work, rather than scrambling frantically to get up to speed as the journalists are.
If you are interested in following the discussion in an informed way, I would recommend the following:
First, the official material that goes with the book and documentary that have cause the interest can be found in two places:
- There is information about it on the Discovery Channel website.
- The website for the actual film is very slick, very professional, very commercial.
If you are interested in some more information, you might also like to visit James Tabor’s “The Jesus Dynasty” blog Tabor is one of the scholars involved in the discovery. You can also read an excerpt from his book The Jesus Dynasty on the Biblical Archaeology Society website. This excerpt deals with the discovery of a tomb, but not the tomb under discussion, which was found in the 1980s.
Tyler Williams’ Codex Blogspot has several postings that provide links to a range of other blogs whose authors have made assessments of the information in circulation. Today’s post and yesterday’s post contain good coverages of who is saying what. See also the post on Paleojudaica which contains some updated comment from Richard Bauckham from St Andrew’s University.
I must admit to being somewhat skeptical. It seems to me that claims that can stand on their own two feet do not need the full “Hollywood treatment” that this is getting, but maybe this is because I am Australian and therefore much more into understatement.