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"The Lost Tomb of Jesus" Stirs Controversy


The movie produced by Academy Award winner James Cameron is called "The Lost Tomb of Jesus."

We spoke to a Lexington Theological Seminary Professor to find out what it's all about.

The controversy surrounding the film stems from the claim that the remains of Jesus have been found.

James Cameron says it doesn't get much bigger than this, but for religious scholars it doesn't prove a thing.

"I think it would be quite a shocker for a lot of people," Lisa Davison.

If there was proof that this is the tomb Jesus was and his family were buried in it could leave Christians suffering a moment of crisis in faith.

A new Discovery Channel documentary claims to have done just that, but the alleged tomb was discovered 27 years ago.

"When it was first found they considered the evidence and decided there was no scientific evidence showing this was Jesus' family tomb," Davison says.

But the film's director claims DNA evidence has been done along with statistical analysis and he says this is the real deal.

"We have no DNA samples from Jesus or Mary or anyone else so I'm not sure what they plan to prove from that."

So how do you explain the tombs having the names Mary, Joseph, and Jesus on them?

There is a possibility the names would all be occurring in one place would be rare. Though names like Jesus, Mary and Joseph are all common names during the first century.

Davison doesn't believe this film's status as a documentary will convince people that it's fact.

"Just making it a documentary maybe makes it less exciting that the Da Vinci Code was as fiction, but I don't think it adds any more credence."

She says there is interpretation behind every Archaeological find and it's no different in this case.

"If our faith is based on something stronger than an Archaeological find then this is not going to be a problem."

Davison says this is an interesting discovery that can tell us things about Palestine in the time Jesus lived.

She says she will see the film because students and church members will have questions about it and she wants to form an intellectual opinion about it.

"The Lost Tomb of Jesus" is scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel March 4th."


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