And you won’t believe whose name is on it!!!!
The New York Times writes
… the earth may have yielded new secrets about these disputed antiquities. A Jerusalem-based geologist believes he has established a common bond between them that strengthens the case for their authenticity and importance….
For the last seven years, Dr. Shimron has been studying the chemistry of samples from chalk crust scraped from the underside of the Talpiot ossuaries and, more recently, from the James ossuary. He has also studied samples of soil and rubble from inside the ossuaries. In addition, for comparative purposes he has examined samples from ossuaries from about 15 other tombs. Mr. Jacobovici, who has been documenting the research for another movie, said “the production” financed the lab work.
In the words of Frozen- let it go. Let it go. Funding the geology of the ossuary by Simcha is like funding the safety of tobacco safety research by Marlboro.
Antonio Lombatti writes
Alcuni giornalisti hanno scelto questo titolo: Jesus’ House? 1st-Century Structure May Be Where He Grew Up. Dove è addirittura cresciuto! Un titolo che tira. Sicuramente. Ma che non ha nulla da spartire con la ricerca storica. Il giornalista, infatti, parla di un’abitazione del tempo di Gesù a Nazareth, è vero. La datazione della struttura, tuttavia, risale al 2006 ed è opera di Ken Dark dell’Università di Reading. Roba già nota, insomma. Ma con la Pasqua che si avvicina, basta fare un titolo così per avere qualche lettore in più.
I’ll not be watching, since I am taking the year off from the absurd genre of religion/bible tv docu-mockeries. I only mention it because CNN has this little gem of ick in its ‘money’ section… which, whether they know it or not, is exactly the central concern of all these idiotic specials with their idiotic claims and poor scholarship.
Note too the little sentences at the bottom. I’ll go ahead and answer them for you – who cares, and nothing.
TV specials around Easter and Christmas are always the most sensationalistic and ridiculous. This is, no doubt, just the first of many this year.
NB- No, I haven’t seen it. Yes, I am within my rights to criticize it because I’ve seen enough of these things to know what’s going to happen. There will be an outlandish claim followed by a talking head from the fringe of scholarship or of the anti-theistic sort followed by a fundamentalist’s opinion followed by another ridiculous claim… etc. At the end of the day balanced scholarship will be absent. It’s always absent. So, yes, I am within my rights to mock not only the individual special but the entire genre.