More Problems With "The Lost Tomb of Jesus"

Here is an informative article that does a much more thorough and convincing job of refuting “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” than I did in my last post.

And even more articles are listed here. Just scroll down to the “Christian Blog Responses” section and start clicking on links.

Radio host Albert Mohler also discusses the “Lost Tomb” on his show which you can listen to here.

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3 thoughts on “More Problems With "The Lost Tomb of Jesus"

  1. To the discerning observer, criticism of the documentary `The Lost Tomb of Jesus’ has proven one thing if nothing else about its critics – a profound and immutable absence of intellectual honesty and objective thought, underscored by a near pathologic aversion to empirically based scientific inquiry, opting instead to shamelessly peddle as documentable historical fact, long held personal beliefs, institutional biases, religious and political agendas.

    The fact that an `expert’ may have and eloquently articulate an opinion and find their way to the front of a functioning camera renders, neither them objective, nor their opinions authoritatively accurate.

    Fraud is revealed in what the perpetrator seeks to obscure from the intended target in order to achieve a net gain at the expense of their victims. Render impermeable the mind of those who seek and are otherwise inclined to accept and be guided by truth and a victim you shall find. Ted’s eclectic assortment of high brow, self anointed biblical scholars who rose in opposition to the substance of what had been revealed proved sensationally feckless and inarticulate in their rhetoric as they sought to return the Genie to its bottle.

    Tactics employed by Israeli authorities involving the confiscation and destruction of ancient ruins and `reburial’ of non-Jewish remains under the auspices of adhering to `strict Orthodox Jewish Law’ revealed a level of arrogance more closely associated with its well documented human rights record.

    A significant subtext to the program – a naive public is lead to believe that the burial customs of those, both Jewish and early Christian who passed 2,000 years ago were somehow `deficient’ and so inconsistent with `strict traditional Orthodox Jewish Law’ unique to the period in which they were practiced, that their disturbance, mass exhumations, removal, confiscation, and mass disposal in anonymous unmarked graves and pits were motivated exclusively by the imperative of a religious duty. As for confiscation, stacking and warehousing of the ossuaries (analogous to modern day caskets) in which their loved ones had buried them in government controlled warehouses, confiscation of land within which they were entombed, encouragement of private contractors to construct residential high rises and commercial establishments, both above and adjacent to them, amounts to common grave robbing, plunder for profit, and an irreparable crime against history. What civilized society on the planet would permit such activities, let alone engages in it as an official government sanctioned enterprise? Collectively, it was these revelations which proved the source of Koppel pronounced discomfort. It should also be noted that Ted is Jewish and a staunch supporter of Israel.

    For Christian archeologists and theologians, the documentary presents a profound dilemma. The universally recognized eleventh commandment – possession being 9/10ths of the law, applies to and is aggressively observed in Israel in the context of the Palestinians land, personal property, and its human rights record toward them. Criticism of official Israeli government policy, particularly regarding the exhumations, reburial, and destruction of ancient human remains, confiscation, warehousing and sale of ossuaries, destruction of ancient tombs and significant Christian archaeology sites, confiscation of land directly above and adjacent to them for profit, are understandably awkward issues, subject to aggressive government censorship as memorialized in the program. Criticism limits access to the country, prohibition from access to certain sites, denial and revocation of licenses for engaging in archaeological activities, accelerated government confiscation, plundering and destruction of site contents by private contractors with the encouragement and acquiescence of Israeli authorities. Construction on these sites is intended to obscure, if not actually prevent access to them, averting subsequent claims, both to the land and their archaeological content, both by Christians, and Muslims.

    In the end, it was not merely the reputation of Israel which lay in ruin. Ted Koppel, heretofore recognized and embraced for decades as the consummate, objective, fact finding inquisitor, revealed several things about himself – what was clearly a religious and politically motivated bias against the documentary’s producer resultant from what it uncovered about Israeli government activities on the subject of significant Christian artifacts and archaeological sites, his extraordinary ineptitude in the selection of rebuttal `experts,’ and the fact that there remains something to be said for timely retirement.

    By the time ABC pulled the plug on him, and/or he exited the building of his own free will for the last time, he had accrued more than ample empirical evidence regarding sequels – always compared against, more often diminish, and seldom enhance the original, destined to be dismissed as a second act in what was essentially a one act play. This documentary proved one too many sequels for Ted who became the story within the story. The corrosive effect of his performance invited an overwhelmingly negative public impression of his work, not merely for the future, but through this misstep, the past.

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