The Most Withering Assesment on the ‘Jesus Discovery’ in the Mainstream Media Yet

This headline pretty much sums up the tone of the report in The International Business Times

Jesus Tomb Discovery Called A Hoax: Simcha Jacobvici And James Tabor ‘Seeing Things That…Aren’t There’

There’s nothing really new in the report- except the frankness of the headline.  Perhaps the media is finally coming around and investigating claims instead of simply repeating PR ‘press releases’ by employees of production companies.

6 thoughts on “The Most Withering Assesment on the ‘Jesus Discovery’ in the Mainstream Media Yet

  1. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) 13 Apr 2012 at 10:50 pm

    The funny thing is that the headline is a quotation from me!


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  3. gunneweg 14 Apr 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Dear everybody,
    I think (or hope) that my now most of the thinking population in Christian circles has formed an opinion of what to think of all these Jesus-stories, which we have been confronted with over the past decade.
    Most of the opinions have never been really proved by analytical techniques, even when a narrator told us that everything was kosher. The believers and non-believers have all their own opinion and I have nothing against that.
    What I am suggesting here is to STOP with all these bewildering excuses and attacks from whatever side they are launced. All these are either based on money-making,on ego-trips and the incapability of each side to prove one way or another.
    Therefore, I think it is against the Christian and Jewish traditions to continue fighting one another with no definitive proof to this or that side. Please, stop with it today, because it is becoming uglier by the day and that is something that nobody really wants. Am I right or am I right?
    Jan Gunneweg


  4. Jim 14 Apr 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Prof. Gunneweg,
    I completely agree that the assertions we see in such ‘specials’ is counterproductive to both Judaism and Christianity. It is for that very reason, however, that it is impossible to stand by and say nothing.

    If someone were to insult a person you loved, you’d doubtless speak up. Loving one’s faith heritage requires that when it is misrepresented or false claims which the public might take as honest are made about it, something be said.

    Passions run high when things matter. That, anyway, is how I see it.


  5. Mark Goodacre (@goodacre) 14 Apr 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Prof. Gunneweg. My own feeling is that offering a robust, critical and fair assessment of Tabor’s and Jacobovici’s claims has nothing to do with “fighting one another” from different sides, Jewish and Christian, believer and non-believer. It is for me simply a question of subjecting questionable claims to the appropriate critical scrutiny.


  6. joe 14 Apr 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I have to agree with him on the ego and money trips by those in favor and supporting Tabor as well as Simcha. RememberTabor’s remark to me in 2006 when I warned him where this will eventually lead, “I’ll laugh all the way to the bank….Anyway, they are dn on their knees as the ratings and book sales show.


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