Jesus tomb found, says film-maker
Jesus had a son named Judah and was buried alongside
Mary Magdalene, according
to a new documentary by Hollywood film director James Cameron.
It examines a tomb found near Jerusalem in 1980 which
the film-makers say
belonged to Jesus and his family.
The Oscar-winning director of Titanic says statistical
analysis and DNA back the
Archaeologists say that the burial cave is probably
that of a Jewish family with
similar names to that of Jesus.
Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you
'The Titanic' is back
with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is
In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his
director, Simcha Jacobovici,
make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone
Christian faith-- and that his burial cave was discovered near
And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.
No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'.
It's supposed to be true.
Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction
workers were gouging out
the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the
Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000
old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the
caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to
decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph,
Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua.
Israel's prominent archeologist Professor Amos Kloner didn't associate
crypt with the New Testament Jesus. His father, after all, was a humble
carpenter who couldn't afford a luxury crypt for his family. And all
common Jewish names.
There was also this little inconvenience that a few
miles away, in the old
city of Jerusalem, Christians for centuries had been worshipping the
tomb of Christ at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christ's
after all, is the main foundation of the faith, proof that a boy born to
carpenter's wife in a manger is the Son of God.
But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have
through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the
coffins belong to Jesus and his family.
Ever the showman, (Why does this remind me of the
impresario in another
movie,"King Kong", whose hubris blinds him to the dangers of
an angry and
very large ape?) Cameron is holding a New York press conference on
which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of
his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene. News about the film, which will be
soon on Discovery Channel, Britain's Channel 4, Canada's Vision, and
Israel's Channel 8, has been a hot blog topic in the Middle East (check
a personal favorite: Israelity Bites) Here in the Holy Land, Biblical
Archeology is a dangerous profession. This 90-minute documentary is
outrage Christians and stir up a titanic debate between believers and
skeptics. Stay tuned.