If you got shook up from watching NBC's Today show Monday morning, relax! The claim was made that the bones of Jesus were found in a tomb in Israel. I thought I would take 10 minutes to let you know that the faith of Christianity is not in jeapordy. :-)
1. This is not the only ossuary discovered with this inscription. "Jesus son of Joseph" was found inscribed on a number of ossuaries discovered since the 20's. This ossuary is one of many.
2. The names of Jesus, Mara, Judas and Yose are very common names. Like finding a tomb with the name Jose in Mexico city. While we are taken back by the idea that there is another Jesus son of Joseph certainly those who heard the claims of the early Christian sect would have recognized the difference between this Yeshua and the one from Nazareth. Amos Kloner, an archeologist that examined the site said "It was an ordinary middle-class Jerusalem burial cave...The names on the caskets are the most common names found among Jews at the time."
3. The placement of the tomb in East Talpiot. Prof Kloner said there was no way the tomb housed the Holy Family."It is just not possible that a family who came from Galilee, as the New Testament tells us of Joseph and Mary, would be buried over several generations in Jerusalem."
4. In a society that worshipped Jesus, these bones would have been treated with much more dignity or with much more scandal than simply being buried in a family plot. The reverence that was given to Jesus -even being called God- is evidence against a family plot of the Nazarene http://www.bib-arch.org/bswb_BAR/bswbba3302f2.html
5. Experts deny the possibility that this is the burial plot of Jesus' family. For instance Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/24/wjesus24.xml
6. Finally, there is a book AND a movie to promote. hmmm It seems that now that the DaVinci Code proved there was money in questioning the historical validity of the gospel others are piling on.
"Simcha has no credibility whatsoever," says Joe Zias, who was the curator for anthropology and archeology at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem from 1972 to 1997 and personally numbered the Talpiot ossuaries. "He's pimping off the Bible … He got this guy Cameron, who made 'Titanic' or something like that—what does this guy know about archeology? I am an archeologist, but if I were to write a book about brain surgery, you would say, 'Who is this guy?' People want signs and wonders. Projects like these make a mockery of the archeological profession." Cameron's reply: "I don't profess to be an archeologist or a Biblical scholar. I'm a film producer. I found it compelling. I think we're on firm ground to say that much."
for more info http://www.beliefnet.com/story/212/story_21296_1.html