Sadly, people are already well aware of what some will do to make obvious falsehoods seem like fact (Davinci Code, anyone?). This new claim is strangely reminiscent of all the others.
"This is the beginnings of an ongoing investigation,"
Cameron said. "If things come to light that erode this
investigation, then so be it." What do you want to bet that once the movie and book plays out all its potential that there is a sudden finding that it is found to be just another old casket and bones not slightly related to the Lord Jesus?
For starters, Dr. Shimon Gibson, one of the archaeologists who
discovered the tomb, told Reuters at the news conference he had
a "healthy skepticism" the tomb may have belonged to the family
excavations at the tomb on behalf of the Israel Antiquities
Authority, disputed the documentary’s conclusions.
The archaeologist, Amos Kloner, said the 2,000-year-old cave
contained coffins belonging to a Jewish family whose names were
similar to those of Jesus and his relatives.
"I can say positively that I don’t accept the
identification (as) … belonging to the family of Jesus in
Jerusalem," Kloner told Reuters. "I don’t accept that the
family of Miriam and Yosef (Mary and Joseph), the parents of
Jesus, had a family tomb in Jerusalem."
"They were a very poor family. They resided in Nazareth,
they came to Bethlehem in order to have the birth done there —
so I don’t accept it, not historically, not archaeologically,"
said Kloner, a professor in the Department of Land of Israel
Studies and Archeology at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv.
After they were discovered, the bones were reburied
according to Orthodox tradition, leaving just the boxes with
inscriptions and human residue to be examined though DNA
Professor L. Michael White, of the University of Texas,
said he also doubted the claims were true.
"This is trying to sell documentaries," he said, adding a
series of strict tests needed to be conducted before a bone box
or inscription could be confirmed as ancient. "This is not archaeologically sound, this is fanfare."
But this, of course, won’t stop the Hollywood fanfare train from rolling along…all for the sake of entertainment you know.