The Jesus Discovery and The Burial of Jesus

James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have a new book coming out in a couple of days, entitled The Jesus Discovery. Here’s the blurb from the Facebook page for the book:

This book documents a new archaeological discovery in a 1st century Jewish tomb in Jerusalem that relates to the earliest faith of Jesus’ followers. The tomb is located less than 200 feet away from the controversial Talpiot “Jesus family tomb,” raising the question of their relationship. Authors James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici analyze the new discovery as well as its implications for understanding the Jesus tomb. Expect to be surprised at the conclusions.

I have only the slightest inkling about what the book will say. But I can say with some confidence that whether it says what I expect it to, or something very different, you can be prepared and have a good grasp of how historical conclusions need to be argued, what we know about the burial of Jesus and how we know it, and what to do with new historical claims and data if you are a religious believer. I discuss all of the above and more in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, recently published in a second edition updated to say even more about the Talpiot Tomb, which was highlighted in previous publications by Tabor and Jacobovici.

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  • Brian S.

    Couldn’t they have waited to publish controversial books until after the lenten and easter season, I mean this is so expected. Anyway, I’m glad to see that Prof. Tabor and Jacobovici are still friends and/or in contact with one another, nothing warms my heart more than to see something like that. As for the book itself, I trust that you will post about it when the book hits the shelves/download page or whatever.

    And I wish to ask, is your second edition only for the kindle or can I find it in book form? Thank you for your attention and I hope that you have a happy lenten season, hopefully your act of penance brings you closer to God and your fellow man.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Brian, I think the timing is deliberate. I’m afraid that the second edition of The Burial of Jesus is only being released as an ebook. It is currently available in Kindle format, and there are plans for Nook and iBooks versions.

  • Michael Wilson

    At least Simcha and Tabor don’t have a horde (read smelly, uneducated Huns) of zealots defending their work.

  • Trey

    So Tabor and Jacobovici discover a 1st century Christian tomb a few feet away from the Talpiot tomb(I read the book synopsis on Amazon) and not a whiff of this was leaked to the media in the time it took for them to study their ‘discovery’ and write and publish a book about it? Why am I underwhelmed by this?

    • Brian s.

      There is nothing unexpected about that. Scholars are notoriously underpaid so hording your research subject until you can publish on it is just their way of making money.

      • Trey

        I’m just hoping this is not sensationalist pap with little supporting evidence based on highly speculative assumptions resulting in dubious conclusions. And when I see the association with Jacobovici – the ‘discoverer’ of the nails used to crucify Jesus, I really can’t help but roll my eyes. 

        • Brian

          I am sceptical as well but it is only fair to give him a chance. Though to tell the truth we have given many but you got to admire the fact that he keeps trying.

  • Tarant

    Brian, thanks for giving them a chance. Everyone will see the same images that Tabor and Jacabovici saw and can interpret them based on their own knowledge and beliefs. The images were not doctored, the ossuaries are real and are still sealed in the tomb. 

  • Eldad

    Hi James,
    Your book does help to understand the new Jacobovici & Tabor’s book and film. It’s not a question of accepting the ideas or rejecting them, but ti understand the processes and the resulting intepretation. I can only ask the readerswatchers: do ot forget that Jesus was born, lived, died and buried a Jew, and so were close followers. An icon in a tomb, whatever this icon is, is not typically mainstream Jewish.