Latest Talpiot Tomb Round-Up (including a review of The Burial of Jesus)

Latest Talpiot Tomb Round-Up (including a review of The Burial of Jesus) March 6, 2012

Here’s a round-up of the latest blogging about the Talpiot tomb and related topics on other blogs.

Let me begin with Daniel Mănăstireanuţs blog review of my book The Burial of Jesus, which he said grabbed his interest for multiple reasons, including the current media attention to the Talpiot tombs.

Christopher Rollston points out the lack of evidence for any connection between the Talpiot tombs and Joseph of Arimathea. Jim West shared evidence that his family still lives in the apartment building on the site. 🙂

Steve Caruso makes the case that it isn’t a fish that is depicted on the ossuary.

Near Emmaus discusses Craig Evans’ new book on NT archaeology, which mentions the Talpiot tombs. EerdWord highlights four books on how archaeology should be done.

Simcha Jacobovici asked for mistakes in his Jesus tomb claims to be pointed out to him. Mark Goodacre did just that.

Jason Staples asks whether the Tabor-Jacobovici position is that first-century Christians who believed Jesus had risen from the dead ended up buried right near where Jesus himself remained buried, and if so how they make sense of that.

Tom Verenna posted a round-up of his own, as did Jim Davila.

Jesus tomb objects will be coming to Philadelphia.

In related news, a verdict about the James Ossuary is expected this month.

I suspect that the next Biblical Studies Carnival will have a lot of links related to the Talpiot tombs!

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  • James Tabor

    James you quote Jim West here. What he is spreading, from Joe Zias, is an absolute lie, a total untruth. I just posted on his blog and I hope he will allow it. I hope you will help us to correct this error as it is truly sad that such things go around the internet. Neither Simcha nor I would ever do anything of that nature–ever, not to mention Rami Arav. This is the worst kind of slander and it should not be spread by honest people.  This excavation was IAA supervised, with Janet Levy, chair of Anthro. at UNC Charlotte our supervisor and everything was done in absolutely the most professional and high quality way. Sadly, James

    • James, were you referring to his Jim West’s post suggesting that someone with a name similar to Arimathea lives there today? I thought the smiley face would have been enough to indicate that I took that be a farcical rather than a serious post. Whether Jim intended it as such, I cannot say, but I certainly didn’t take it seriously.

  • Brian S.

    Aye, aye, aye. This never ends does this? Well thanks anyway for conviently linking us to the various threads where this is being discussed. I was hoping that I was up to date but apparently I have all of those [well most them anyway] to go through.

  • If you went back and read Tabor’s post at the link, you’d see your error.  It’s not a joke at all.  A family of that name does live there, though Tabor is at pains to say they never made any claim that this was the same family or that it had anything to do with the case.  

    Is that how Arimathea is spelled in Hebrew. I can recognize Hebrew letters enough to know that it’s close, but I don’t know the Hebrew bible to verify.

    • Ryan, it isn’t clear what place name in Hebrew corresponds to “Arimathea.” It is either a place not otherwise known, or a corrupted form of another name.

      I wonder whether we know what the present-day neighborhood of Talpiot was called in the first century, when it was presumably a village close to Jerusalem but outside the city.

      I’m surprised that no one has tried to claim that Joseph of Arimathea resulted from someone misreading the Aramaic “Joseph son of Matia” as “Joseph in Arimathea” which was subsequently further corrupted – and then  they could connect that with the Matia buried in Talpiot tomb A!   🙂