Recent Talpiot Tomb/Jesus Tomb Symposium
Earlier this month, Princeton hosted a symposium (here in Jerusalem) to talk about the Talpiot Tomb, which was the subject of a Discovery Channel "documentary" about a year ago Discovery Channel Page on the Documentary. The symposium consisted of about 50 scholars in various fields who gave their assessments of this controversy. Although their overall conclusion was that this could not have been the tomb of Jesus (and his family), the reports that made it into the press gave quite a different story. This has outraged many of the scholars who took place in the conference, and they are assembling an online collection of their own personal summaries/quotes of what they believe about the matter and what they ACTUALLY said at the symposium to "set the record straight." UHL Blog Please take a moment to read some of these if you are interested.
I'm not going to use this as a post to make any kind of a theological point, because I feel like my "angst" right now is with the level of falsified news reporting that I have seen 1st or 2nd hand in my time here. Perhaps this one hits me even more because some of those 50 scholars included professors and scholars that Mark and I are acquainted with here, and we have had personal conversations with them over their frustrations with how the media has shown that they care nothing for the truth in this matter. Don't be an ignorant zombie when you take in ANYTHING! That goes for any source - even this blog! Do your own research, be educated, and please do not tell me that something is so just because you watched it on the History Channel, or the Discovery Channel, or anything else...as good as they may be at times. Choose to be as informed as possible and draw your own conclusions. I realize that this can't be done with all things. Its quantitatively impossible, and you'll go crazy. Its just a general mindset to have. So there is my soapbox post.