Robert Cargill has a – strictly speaking – withering critique of the methodology of Tabor and what Cargill correctly writes is very much worth your time. Here’s a snippet–
… there is reason to believe that an image that has been circulating in the press as part of the marketing campaign in support of the new book by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and University of North Carolina, Charlotte Professor, Dr. James Tabor, entitled, The Jesus Discovery, and Mr. Jacobovici’s forthcoming documentary, has been digitally manipulated in such a way as to lead the reader toward a desired conclusion. That is, the image making the rounds in the press and published by Dr. Tabor on the Bible and Interpretation website has been digitally altered and made to look like an engraving of a “great fish” on an ossuary discovered in Jerusalem, in order to support the authors’ rather sensational claim.
What’s more, in Dr. Tabor’s article, the manipulation of the photo of the “fish” on the ossuary has been made without any acknowledgment that the image has been manipulated.
Go to the link above for the rest. I think that the Discovery Channel needs to know what they’re about to air. I’ve notified a contact at the Associated Press and I hope that the word gets out to the mainstream media that this ‘discovery’ has more methodological holes than a giant fish-net.
- Joan Taylor’s Astute Observations on Talpiot (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Lombatti on Tabor and Jacobovici’s Fishy Claim (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The “Patio Tomb” … Evidence of Early Christianity? I Hae Me Doots (A Classics Perspective) (rogueclassicism.com)