This morning I diverted the attention of my Sunday School class away from James and in the direction of the whole Jesus family tomb controversy. I am confident that none in the class would doubt their faith on account of this documentary. Still, I wanted to do my best to put some information in their hands that they could use in conversations with family and friends about the controversy. I put together a one-page outline of the controversy and some of the counter arguments. Of course I am indebted to Drs. Bock, Bauckham, Witherington, Heiser, Goodacre and all the other bibliobloggers who have posted on the subject for their invaluable responses to the documentary.
For what it’s worth, you can download the PDF here. (Link now fixed.)
Please note that this document is extremely laconic in details as it is only an outline.
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV)
Well, not really… Actually, according to the producers of Jesus Family Tomb, the ossuary of Jesus, son of Joseph has been found. I’m in the throes of thesis writing, so I can’t do any research on the topic now. In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on Ben Witherington’s and Scot McKnight’s blogs for reasoned interactions with these “new” findings:
- B. Witherington, The Jesus Tomb? ‘Titanic’ Talpiot Tomb Theory Sunk from the Start
- S. McKnight, Was Jesus Married? One More Time