The Jesus Family Tomb: The Evidence Behind the Discovery No One Wanted to Find

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The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time--the discovery of the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. Following the accidental bulldozing of a tomb during the building of a housing complex in suburban Jerusalem in 1980, archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority were immediately called to the scene. Inside, the archaeologists found ten ossuaries--limestone boxes that served as first-century coffins. Six had inscriptions, including Jesus, son of Joseph; two Marys; and Judah, son of Jesus. The team concluded that the unusual group of names was merely coincidence. After removing and cataloging the ossuaries, they left the tomb to the builders to finish what they had already started.

Twenty-five years later, Simcha Jacobovici, an Emmy award-winning journalist, tracked down the ossuaries in the Israeli Antiquities Authority's warehouse and decided to investigate this remarkable collection of names. Simcha mapped and then located the original tomb, which, to his surprise, was still intact. Granted unequaled access, he soon found that the archaeologists were unaware of key evidence that made this the discovery of a lifetime.

This is a story that is destined to grab international headlines and raise fundamental questions about the historical Jesus. Are the "Jesus" and "Mary" referred to in these inscriptions the Jesus and Mary Magdalene of the gospels? Readers are taken on a remarkable journey: from telling statistical analysis, to a time-bending trip across two millennia, and an investigation of the patinas and DNA of the tombs that makes an episode of CSI look mundane. The Jesus Family Tomb arrives at an extraordinary answer to an ancient mystery.

A riveting combination of history, archaeo-logy, and theology, this book will change the way we think about God, religion, and everything we have learned about the life and death of Jesus.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2008 Pages: 256 Publisher: HarperOne In 1980. Workers at a Jerusalem construction site accidentally uncovered a cache of bone boxes from early Christian times. When reports about the crypt discovery leaked out 16 years later the London Sunday Times headlined the story as The Tomb That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Now the full story will be told. In 2005. documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici obtained permission to eak through the apartment floor and reenter the tomb. Part archaeological detective story and part early Christian history. The Jesus Family Tomb is a narrative as riveting as any novel.

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"This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism"--John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire

"A slick and suspenseful narrative. . . . Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones."--Newsweek

"Absolutely fascinating . . . many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime."--Today Show

A slick and suspenseful narrative. . . . Jacobovici is a maverick, a self-made Indiana Jones. --Newsweek"

Absolutely fascinating . . . many would argue the biggest story or one of the biggest stories of our lifetime. --Today Show"

This discovery is potentially the last nail in the coffin of biblical literalism --John Dominic Crossan, author of God & Empire"

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