Filmmaker James Cameron has made a ridiculous documentary, “Tomb Of Jesus,” that is Hollywood spitting in the face of the church once again.
The documentary claims that Cameron has found the tomb of Christ, his alleged wife and child. Scholars rubbish his claims for a number of reasons, listed in the articles and links below, effectively debunking his claims.
The documentary has been withdrawn in certain markets, but was another Hollywood attack on Christianity. God was there before Hollywood and he’ll certainly outlast it as well.
James Cameron is known in legal circles as the man who stole the film “The Terminator” and the TV show “Dark Angel” via copyright infringement, yet has the unmitigated gall to question the life and resurrection of Christ, claiming he found Jesus’ tomb.
A man of his character, or should I say, lack thereof, as additionally, one of his latest projects is being met once again with claims of plagiarism and copyright theft, is not to be trusted.
Not to mention, one year before his film Titanic was released, an Emmy Award winning television movie of the same name was released. No doubt his source of
inspiration theft for his film.
Much like the DaVinci Code foolishness, is his inspiration for this latest nonsense, claiming he found the tomb of Christ.
More Hollywood Christian bashing, that is getting old and tired (yawn), not to mention, is truly financially stupid.
The church needs to take note and not support Hollywood. Stick to Christian programming and films. Work on building up the Christian film and music industry, because Hollywood has been nothing but disrespectful, disgusting and nasty to Christians.
Furthermore, there’s a Christian saying Cameron should take into account, “your arms are too short to box with God.”
Hollywood is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, but worse. They ought to think about that. With the rate the entertainment industry’s film and music sales are declining, you would think they would wise up.
Jesus isn’t bothered by you, Mr. Cameron. He has more important things in this world to tend to, like giving you and your family breath, creating new life and seeing to it the sun rises in the morning.
DNA and Statistics in ‘Tomb of Jesus’ Effectively Debunked
James Cameron’s and Simcha Jacobovich’s ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus,’ has to be the first documentary to be effectively debunked before even airing. Their filmmaking work did not enrage as much Christians, used for their religion to be blasphemized, as it did enrage scholars, who took this con scheme quite personally.
Why? Because their dedication and expertise was derided by distorting their work and coming up with conclusions which not only defy research but also logic and reason. And as such, it took just days to obliterate virtually all the fantastic claims made by Cameron, Jacobovich and Tabor. And it wasn’t that hard at all.
Moreover, some researchers who worked for the hoaxumentary have spoken out against the delusional conclusions which the filmmakers try to pull out of their hard work.
Let’s take a look at the DNA “evidence,” a work done by Carney Matheson, an expert who analyzed samples scraped of the box where the bones of a Jew called Jesus (not the one in the Bible) once were and the ossuary labeled “Mariamene Mara”, which either means a woman and her child Mariamene was in it, or two names were used for the same person. The filmmakers claim it’s that of Mary Magdalene, which it isn’t.
Matheson sequenced the mitochondrial DNA in both samples in order to establish that whoever those two boxes once contained was not related on their mother’s side, in other words, they’re not family.
“The only conclusions we made was that these two sets were not maternally related. To me it sounds like absolutely nothing,” he said, quoted by Scientific American.
Dr. Joe D’Mello has also terminated Dr. Andrey Feuerverger’s 1:600 odds calculation, which together with the DNA is at the core of the documentary’s delusional assertions. In short, Feuerverger concluded there’s a 1:600 chance the tomb ISN’T that of Jesus and his “family”.
Dr. Joe D’Mello points out the correct interpretation of the data is:
“If the Jesus family did indeed have a family tomb that was among the 1,000 ossuaries and tombs found, then there is a 599 in 600 chance that this particular tomb found is indeed that of the Jesus family.”
The basic flaw of the statistic hoax is that it doesn’t take into account other factors. Basically all circumstantial data contradicts Jesus had a family and a public tomb, such as this tomb, which was definitely not a hidden tomb.
Basically, there is almost no chance Jesus had a family tomb to start with. Second, the woman in the Talpiot tomb is not Mary Magdalene, by any chance.
“The form of the name on the ossuary in question is Mariamenou. This is a Greek genitive case, used to indicate that the ossuary belongs to Mary (it means ‘Mary’s’ or ‘belonging to Mary’). The nominative would be Mariamenon. Mariamenon is a diminutive form [...] It is better to suppose that the bones of two women (or perhaps a woman and her child, the diminutive Mariamenon being used for the latter) were placed in the same ossuary (this would not be not unusual).” – Prof. Richard Bauckham per Ben Whiterington’s blog. The second word on the Mariamene ossuary is Mara which is short for Martha another female name. It is not a reference to her being a master or teacher.
Since we are talking statistics and names, Tal Ilan, whose Lexicon of Jewish Names was essential to the statistical calculation made by Andrey Feuerverger, said to Scientific American, “I think it’s completely mishandled. I am angry.”
L. Y. Rahmani, an Israeli archaeologist who compiled a catalogue of all of the ossuaries in the collections of the state of Israel, observed that “In Jerusalem’s tombs, the deceased’s place of origin was noted when someone from outside Jerusalem was interred in a local tomb,” notes Jodi Magness.
“the identification of the Talpiyot tomb as the tomb of Jesus and his family contradicts the canonical Gospel accounts of the death and burial of Jesus and the earliest Christian traditions about Jesus. This claim is also inconsistent with all of the available information — historical and archaeological — about how Jews in the time of Jesus buried their dead, and specifically the evidence we have about poor, non-Judean families like that of Jesus. It is a sensationalistic claim without any scientific basis or support.”
Most scholars also noted that the way all these fantasist claims have been presented, meaning not in a scientific journal, most clearly shows “the entire way this has been done has been an injustice to the entire discipline and also to the public,” as Jodi Magness told Scientific American.
Tomb of Jesus’ Not a Christian Tomb
Ossuaries There are many who dispute the claims of James Cameron (writer of ‘Titanic’) that he has found ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus’.
Cameron’s claim can easily be disputed by the doctrine of Christ and the Gospels – the foundation of Christianity. And in doing so, they prove that Cameron’s ‘Lost Tomb of Jesus’ is nothing more than evidence of 1st Century identity theft.
Let’s focus on the “Jesus” and “Mariamene” ossuaries, but not for the same reasons that the filmmaker James Cameron does.
The “Jesus” ossuary was inscribed in Aramaic with “Jesus, son of Joseph.” And this ossuary was small and plain.
The “Mariamene” ossuary was larger than the “Jesus” ossuary, and it was quite ornate. Its inscription, the only one in Greek, read “Mariamene e Mara” which is translated in English as “Mary, known as master.” (Source)
Now, it is most probable that the persons who laid these ossuaries to rest in the tomb were very close to the deceased. Therefore, if this really was the tomb of Jesus and his family, then these persons would have been Jews and, of course, Christian.
I argue that they may in fact have been Jews but they certainly were not Christian. And if they weren’t Christian, in all probability the occupants of the ossuaries weren’t Christian either; and therefore the tomb was not Jesus’ and his family.
Christ said, “You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am.” (John 13:13)
Yet, the “Jesus” ossuary is not inscribed with “Jesus, Master and Lord” or “Jesus, the Messiah” or even “Jesus, known as Master.” It is merely inscribed with “Jesus, son of Joseph.”
No, the ossuary inscribed with “master” is the “Mariamene” ossuary.
Jesus said, “Don’t be called masters, for one is your master, Christ.” (Matt. 23:10)
A true Christian and Christ-follower would not call anyone master except Christ. To do so would be idolatry, and certainly unchristian.
Whoever placed these ossuaries in this tomb practiced idolatry and gave no reverence to Christ as Master, Lord or Son of God. Therefore, they were not Christ-followers. They worshipped another god, not the true living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that sent His only begotten Son to die for the world’s sins.
The entire tomb — if in fact the names are correct and nothing has been altered or added (which there is dispute to the contrary) — is a 1st Century “hoax” that attempts to disprove the Resurrection.
And it’s the earliest evidence to date of identity theft.
Christian impostors are not a new phenomenon. We know, because of Paul’s letter to the Romans, that there were many who claimed to be Christian and taught a different doctrine than that of Christ and the Gospels. Being concerned, he warned Christians to avoid them. (Romans 16:17)
Too, something very interesting is happening as a result of this provoc-umentary. Some who call themselves Christian are denying the physical resurrection of Christ, although Scripture tells us that after the Resurrection Thomas put his hand in Christ’s side (John 20:27) and Jesus dined with his disciples, taking and passing out bread and fish (John 21:12-15).
The ‘Tomb’ doesn’t disprove the Resurrection as its authors may have hoped. But it does prove that there have been Christian impostors since Christ, and there are many among us to this day who teach a different doctrine and believe in a different faith but call it the same.
“Take heed lest any man deceive you…” Christ warned.