Re: [asa] The tomb of Jesus?

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Wed Feb 28 2007 - 21:47:39 EST

Interesting side note: I got the current Biblical Archeology Review in the
mail today, which of course went to press after all this and doesn't cover
it. There is, however, a thick two-page cardboard stock ad for the
Discovery Channel Book Club. For $5.99 plus shipping and handling, one can
receive the "Beyond the Bible" collection -- consisting of five Bart Ehrman
books, including "Lost Christianities," "Lost Scriptures," "Misquoting
Jesus," "Peter, Paul & Mary Magdalene," and "The Lost Gospel of Judas
Iscariot." Ehrman, of course, is a leading proponent of the view that there
was no center of orthodoxy in the early church, and that the Gnostic sects
in particular were genuine heirs of the early Christian tradition before
they were stomped out by the patriarchy. One can't help but notice that
Discovery Channel is riding the DaVinci zeitgeist for all it's worth.

On 2/28/07, Rich Blinne <> wrote:
> On Feb 28, 2007, at 7:42 AM, David Opderbeck wrote:
> Some recent comments from well-known Biblical archeologist William Dever
> are worth noting:
> :
> "I've know about these ossuaries for many years and so have many other
> archaeologists, and none of us thought it was much of a story, because these
> are rather common Jewish names from that period," he said. "It's a publicity
> stunt, and it will make these guys very rich, and it will upset millions of
> innocent people because they don't know enough to separate fact from
> fiction."
> How come if Janice is right, why isn't the science community following
> their Hollywood masters? This would be the coup de grace against
> Christianity and has the anti-Christian laypeople jazzed. It's not just the
> Christian archaeologists that is saying this but the Jewish ones as well
> (cf. the articles in the Jerusalem Post).

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