What a perfect time of year to release a documentary about discovering the 'real' tomb of Christ. James Cameron has just released his documentary for airing on the Discovery Channel that argues that he and some other archaeologists have discovered the real tomb of Christ. His proof being a couple of small caskets with the supposed engraving, 'Judah, son of Jesus' on it. The small caskets are believed to at one time have held the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
To me, this is nothing more than a stunt to make James Cameron some more money, I guess the Titanic meal ticket has run out. In 1996, when the British Broadcasting Corp. aired a short documentary on the same subject, archaeologists challenged the claims. Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television.
One expert on Ancient Semitic writings, Stephen Pfann is even unsure that the name "Jesus" on the caskets was read correctly. He thinks it's more likely the name "Hanun." Ancient Semitic script is notoriously difficult to decipher.
This is simply something for people who are 'hardcore agnostic' to point to and say, '...see, there's nothing special about Jesus...' Meanwhile there are books upon books and fact beyond fact that points to something very different from what James Cameron and his film crew are trying to pass off.
Now, don't get me wrong, I would never try to impose my belief system onto anyone else. It's just that sometimes people who aren't 'believers' look too hard and too long for something that they can never conclusively prove wrong. If you're reading this and think that I'm just as nutty as the next guy, that's fine. You're free to believe what you wish, but be careful what you watch on TV, just because it comes from someone who should know better, doesn't always mean that they do.