Thursday, April 12, 2007

Jesus tomb film scholars backtrack

Jesus tomb film scholars backtrack (April 11, 2007):
Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary that suggests that Jesus and his family members were buried in a nondescript ancient Jerusalem burial cave have now revised their conclusions, including the statistician who claimed that the odds were 600:1 in favor of the tomb being the family burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth, a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows.

The dramatic clarifications, compiled by epigrapher Stephen Pfann of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in a paper titled "Cracks in the Foundation: How the Lost Tomb of Jesus story is losing its scholarly support," come two months after the screening of The Lost Tomb of Christ that attracted widespread public interest, despite the concomitant scholarly ridicule.
Yawn . . . Why did anyone pay any attention to these money-grubbing idiots in the first place? Like James Cameron, like Dan Brown. (See our post, "Da Vinci Code 'archeology' gone to seed," February 27, 2007.)

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