Dave Duncan

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‘Come Thou Long Expected Jesus’

So some experts claim that the ossuaries found in Israel in the 80s are the burial boxes of Jesus of Nazareth (His name, and one that no article I’ve read thus far has referenced) and His wife Mary Magdalene. They also claim that their son Judah is in there too. Many other experts disagree. They say that the names are quite common for the time, and that the ossuary markings are obscure at best. Both are using scientific analysis and archaeological determination.

Then (as in the heated days of “The DaVinci Code” hubub), there are the religious and atheistic fanatics who are chiming in with their two cents worth without understanding the situation at all. Based on their various backgrounds, they’ve just got their blinders on and are screaming “It can’t be! It can’t be!” or “There! You see? You were wrong all along”.

I, for one, am a little skeptical about all this. In part because of these ossuaries’ association with the James Ossuary (a now proven hoax), and partly because of the different stories of the origin of the ossuaries from nearly all the experts involved. Still, I’m looking forward to the open public dialogue on the ‘historical Jesus’ that will no doubt follow. Yes, I realize that even reputable news organizations will interview crackpots for sensationalist points of view, but is talking about faith openly ever wrong?

I read a crazy article debating Christ’s ascension after the resurrection (when he ascended into heaven, promising to return). The debate is important to the issue of the ossuaries because of the differing viewpoints of the ascension. In one, Christ ascends into heaven as a living human being… body and spirit. This is integral to most Christians, as the importance of the death and resurrection of Christ lies in that He is still alive and has broken the rule of death. In the other, Christ’s spirit ascended into heaven, leaving His physical body here on earth (presumably to be buried in an ossuary).

I suppose in the ossuary debate, the hotter point is the marriage to Mary Magdelene and paternity of a child, which will no doubt inflame a lot of beliefs. I guess it’s time to sit back and watch.

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  1. Dave February 27th, 2007 10:43 am
  2. Jared February 27th, 2007 11:43 am

    Seems odd that a discovery like this would be unveiled in a TV documentary. Just seems like a ratings draw/cash grab for the Discovery Channel.

    Like you said, I’m a little disappointed by people’s lack of critical thought about this. Everyone is jumping to conclusions without stopping to think of the plausibility of it. Way too many holes. Anyone else remember the Shroud of Turin?

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