The Jesus Discovery and The Burial of Jesus

The Jesus Discovery and The Burial of Jesus February 26, 2012

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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