(HUFFINGTONPOST) — As expected, the so-called Jesus Discovery is making headlines around the world. The claims are amazing; the leaps in logic are breath-taking; and most archaeologists are utterly unconvinced. What has actually been found and what does it really mean? Before I can answer that question, I have to back up a bit.
Five years ago
In February 2007 Simcha Jacobovici, Canada’s “Naked Archaeologist,” and James Cameron, producer of “Robocop” and “Titanic,” announced to the world that they had found the tomb of Jesus and his family. A book was released and a television documentary aired the following month. The tomb they had “found” had, in fact, been excavated in 1980. In 1996 the BBC aired a documentary exploring a possible Jesus connection.
Scholars didn’t bite then and they aren’t biting now. Respected archaeologist William Dever judged the whole business as “the worst kind of archaeology.” Most agree.
The new Jesus Discovery claims are another kick at the can. But they are no more convincing this time than they were last time. Let’s take a look.