Friday, March 02, 2007
James Cameron -- Raising the Titanic; Sinking Christianity?
I purchased the Simcha Jacobovici/Charles Pellegrino book, The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence that Could Change History (Harper Collins), companion to the Discovery Channel documentary to be screened on Sunday evening. These guys are really serous!
James Cameron, writing portentiously (or was that pretentiously?) on December 24, 2006, allows that he is not a "historian by training" and has "absolutely no credentials as a biblical scholar." Nevertheless, he concludes baldly that this investigation "proves, I believe, beyond any reasonable dobt that a first-century Jewish tomb in Talpiot, Jerusalem, in 1980 is the tomb of Jesus and his family." "One and a half billion Christians -- more than one-fifth of the world's population--believe they know exactly who Jesus was. But what do they really know for sure?" What do you expect from a guy like Cameron who calls history a "consensus hallucination" and a "myth upon which we all agree to agree"???
Wowie, zowie. More to come.
BTW - Dr. Witherington has done it again with his Thursday blog, "The Smoking Gun--Tenth Talpiot Ossuary Proved to be Blank" (http://benwitherington.blogspot.com/. Check out his arguments, particularly the lengthly report by Prof. Richard Bauckham. Darrell Bock has similarly augmented his posts with several new entries (http://dev.bible.org/bock/).