Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tomb of Jesus, Last Time

About a week ago there was a press release from the Third Princeton Symposium which clearly had Simcha Jacobovici's hands on it (he's the guy he made the multi-million dollar video-claim in the first place). Though I had no personal knowledge of the conference, I could smell deceit (well, it wouldn't be the first time he tried to pull a fast one), so I ignored it here. Others did not (including JPost), so if you were one of those who bought his line that most scholars thought there's a good chance that Jesus' tomb was in fact discovered, you should be aware of the scholars that are denying his claim. The two places to go are the NT Gateway Weblog for a statement by a dozen scholars, and The View from Jerusalem blog by Stephen Pfann that includes the individual statements of other scholars.

In short, there may be a handful of scholars who think that this might be the tomb; the rest of the scholars are rushing to deny the possibility and denounce the misleading press release. For the record, many scholars don't accept a bodily resurrection of Jesus, but they just don't think the evidence that this is the tomb is compelling. Hopefully, I'll never need to say anything else about it here.

Update (1/26): The Jerusalem Post has a lengthy editorial on the conference. The Biblical Archaeology Society has compiled a list of statements from various scholars.

Update (1/28): Organizers of the symposium, have posted a statement on the Princeton Theological Seminary website. They note that the conference papers will be published in 2 volumes by Eerdmans.

Update (2/14): James Charlesworth has an article on "Rebutting Sensational Claims Concerning a Symposium in Jerusalem" on the SBL site. Charlesworth was the symposium organizer and moderator.

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3 Comments:

  • I heard that the person who did the pro-Jesus Tomb/pro-Jacobovici Jerusalem Post article is a personal friend of Simcha and Ruth Gat.

    By Blogger steve_ebc, at Tue Jan 22, 05:16:00 PM  

  • I am not in biblical studies but I want to be!! and I also want to go to the Holy Land without having to go with a bunch of tourist and be able to walk around and do my own thing but I don't want to go alone. I am a 40yr. old woman and live in New Orleans. I have been attending Nursing School but I know now that I want to do biblical studies. I actually always have wanted to do this but just thought I would have to live in another country although I would not mind. Please give me any suggestions. I will leave my e-mail for anyone who might want to give me advice or help me out!!!.
    Thanks alot.
    Lori Nino
    nino.lori@hotmail.com

    By Blogger lori, at Thu Feb 14, 04:26:00 PM  

  • Lori - this is an older post and so not many people will read your comment. As far as my recommendation, I think that if you go on your own (or with a friend), you will miss so much of what there is to see, and so I would recommend a good academic or tourist program. For the former, see www.juc.edu; for the latter, try www.sareltours.com

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Thu Feb 14, 06:35:00 PM  

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