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The Jesus Family Tomb

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The Jesus Family Tomb

The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History
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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 and investigation of the Jesus family tomb. The tomb in question houses ossuaries (bone boxes) with inscriptions bearing the names of Jesus of Nazareth, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Judas, the son of Jesus. This crypt has been overlooked and ignored for years and exists today under a patio just outside of Jerusalem. The authors have tracked down the location and been granted unequaled access to inspect the findings within the tomb. The artifacts were found, recorded and catalogued by professional archaeologists in a controlled setting. There is no question of their authenticity. 

This is a story that is destined to grab international headlines and raise fundamental questions about the origins of Christianity. The question will undoubtably arise: Are these inscriptions referring to a Jesus and Mary other than the Jesus and Mary of the Gospels? To this end, the reader participates in one of the most controversial investigations of an archaeological finding in history. Starting with critical DNA testing from the human remains, the authors with the help of top scholars and industry leaders walk us through the actual timeline of the discovery, including an interview with the man who stumbled across the original unearthing of the tomb in 1980. They also detail the paleographic analysis of the ossuaries, analyze the symbology of the tomb and the ossuaries, reveal the importance of the names using both New Testament and Apocrypha, and evaluate the patina residue and the statistical probabilities of the cluster of names in the specific location. 

A fascinating combination of history, archaeology, and theology, the revelations inside the book will change the way we think about God, religion, and everything we have learned about the life and death of Jesus.

The Jesus Family Tomb tells the story of what may very well be the greatest archaeological find of all time – the discovery and investigation of the Jesus family tomb. The tomb in question houses ossuaries (bone boxes) with inscriptions bearing the names of Jesus of Nazareth, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Judas, the son of Jesus. This crypt has been overlooked and ignored for years and exists today under a patio just outside of Jerusalem. The authors have tracked down the location and been granted unequaled access to inspect the findings within the tomb. The artifacts were found, recorded and catalogued by professional archaeologists in a controlled setting. There is no question of their authenticity. 

This is a story that is destined to grab international headlines and raise fundamental questions about the origins of Christianity. The question will undoubtably arise: Are these inscriptions referring to a Jesus and Mary other than the Jesus and Mary of the Gospels? To this end, the reader participates in one of the most controversial investigations of an archaeological finding in history. Starting with critical DNA testing from the human remains, the authors with the help of top scholars and industry leaders walk us through the actual timeline of the discovery, including an interview with the man who stumbled across the original unearthing of the tomb in 1980. They also detail the paleographic analysis of the ossuaries, analyze the symbology of the tomb and the ossuaries, reveal the importance of the names using both New Testament and Apocrypha, and evaluate the patina residue and the statistical probabilities of the cluster of names in the specific location. 

A fascinating combination of history, archaeology, and theology, the revelations inside the 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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  • Simcha Jacobovici is an Emmy-winning documentary director and producer and a widely published writer and lecturer. His articles have appeared around the globe in publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Currently the host of The Naked Archaeologist on the History Channel, Simcha Jacobovici lives in Toronto.

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