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Is THIS the actual tomb of Christ’s FAMILY?

A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked to Jesus Christ. The controversy surrounds Talpiot Tomb, which was discovered in 1980 with nine boxes alleged to belong to people closely associated with Jesus.

A geologist claims to have new proof that a controversial discovery in Jerusalem is linked to Jesus Christ. The controversy surrounds Talpiot Tomb, which was discovered in 1980 with nine boxes alleged to belong to people closely associated with Jesus.

Sometime in the 1970s, an Israeli antiquities dealer purchased an ancient ossuary or burial box. The box had a curious inscription, reading “James son of Joseph brother of Jesus.” The box, or ossuary is today known as the James ossuary.

Skeptics immediately rejected the find as a forgery because everyone knows that Joseph had no other children besides Jesus. Authorities in Israel even claimed that the part that read, “brother of Jesus” was a forgery and charged the dealer with a crime. A court in 2012 however ruled the prosecution failed to prove its case.

Then in 1980, a tomb was discovered in Jerusalem, which had been buried under soil and preserved for two thousand years. The tomb was dubbed the Talpiot Tomb after the area where it was found. Inside the tomb were ten burial boxes, and all had bones inside. What most surprised archaeologists was that six of the boxes had names from the Gospels written on them.

There were also bones on the floor of the tomb, scattered about, suggesting the tomb had been raided at one point.

One inscription may refer to Mary Magdalene, another to her son. Did these boxes contain the remains of the earliest saints?

But there was no consensus over the find. One concern raised by Christians was if the findings were authentic, then what did that mean about the stories in the Bible? If some of the bones from the tomb belonged to Jesus, then what does that mean about the Resurrection?

Ossuaries from the Talpiot Tomb have inscriptions on them that some say link them to Christ. Ossuaries from the Talpiot Tomb have inscriptions on them that some say link them to Christ.

To help crack the case, geologist Aryeh Shimron worked to study both the Talpiot Tomb and the James ossuary. Specifically, he studied soil residue on the burial boxes and came to a startling conclusion, the boxes matched.

The match suggests the James ossuary also came from the Talpiot Tomb.

Does the Talpoit Tomb belong to the first Christians, those same people mentioned in the Gospel?

It remains unlikely. A statistical study intended to prove that the unique combination of names in the tomb couldn’t happen by chance proved the opposite. In fact, researchers discovered another family with people going by the same names, “Jesus, Simon, Mary, Judah,” and so on was living nearby within the first century following the death of Christ. The combination of names in the tomb therefore, proved little.

The findings in the tomb also conflict with the resurrection narrative which says Jesus was buried alone in a tomb, was not placed into a box, and the tomb’s entrance was protected by a large rolling stone. The Talpiot Tomb bears no similarities to the Biblical account, making it impossible to believe.

It is most likely the tomb is a remarkable coincidence, and nothing more.

By Marshall Connolly



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Gotta love those journalists who build you up and get you excited with a title and then let you down at the end. At least he was honest. “Jesus” was a very popular name back then….

  2. Living Disciple Reply

    To say “everyone” knows Joseph had no other children is false. There is a tradition that Joseph was a widower and had other other children before being espoused to our Blessed Mother. These children would be step-siblings of Jesus. Again, that’s not proven but we simply can’t say definitive one way or the other.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      We can’t be definitive that there even was a Joseph – or a Mary – or a Jesus. Paul knows a celestial Jesus and he’s the first writer. He doesn’t know anything about Jesus’ family, birth, baptism, ministry, sermons, parables or miracles. All he knows about is the crucifixion and this comes from his visions and scripture, and appears to be a celestial, rather than earthly event, as many people at the time thought there was a whole bunch of stuff going on up in the firmament. Paul speaks himself of being taken up into the third heaven in the firmament.
      A couple decades later, the author of Mark turned celestial Jesus into flesh and blood Jesus. We don’t know anything about what happens to Jesus’ family, because it appears that they were made up. There’s no reference beyond the first chapter of Acts to any of Jesus family – they just disappear. Isn’t that odd? Don’t you think people would have been interested? Particularly in a virgin mother? Apparently nobody cared, or these people never existed to begin with.
      Why doesn’t Acts report the uproar that would have occurred at an empty tomb? Pilate would have had a fit, and insisted on finding and killing any prisoner who escaped a death penalty. Anyone preaching about a convicted prisoner who got away would be thrown in jail and forced to tell what they knew, but Acts reports nothing like this. There was no interest from the authorities in the empty tomb, because there wasn’t one – or so it seems.

  3. Kamran Reply

    It’s a shame when a Catholic page shares such nonsense.

  4. Stephen Denny Reply

    #1. Luke confirmed that he had done the research before he present his writings.
    If we doubt his research, remember that he lived closer to the event.
    #2. Why the incident seems pacified?
    A. Because there were no mass media at that time.
    B. Because people realized their own guilt, while trying to suppress the growing sect.
    C. Although Jesus was a controversial rabbi back then, He had just 3 years ministry. He hadn’t gathered that lot of influence like you all assumed.
    D. Jesus’ close pupils also weren’t against the authority and didn’t provoke people like todays evangelist. It takes more than 50 years for early “Christian Sect” to be a separate “religion” to Judaism.
    E. Because Paul taught celestial Jesus doesn’t mean that Jesus didn’t exist. It means that people has already known who Jesus as humble human young rabbi was. All Paul writings was his revelation on who Jesus was on the base of Old Testament Scripts.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      The author of Luke remains unknown. He provides no resume to confirm that he is a historian. He does not approach the subject in the way that a a historian, even of that time, would do. We know of none of his other works, if any. He essentially copied Mark, making his own theological adjustments. He did very poor research, given he knows nothing of what happened to Jesus’ family and disciples. He has no explanation for why Pilate wasn’t trying to find the missing prisoner from the tomb.
      Actually in those days, many historians note that the Romans left the bodies on the cross as a message to the populace, until the birds of prey and rats were finished with them, and then threw them into Hell – that is Gehenna, the Jerusalem town dump. Being thrown into Gehenna – the dump, was the ultimate insult for a disgraced Jew in those days. The Church translated “Gahanna,” the dump, to the pagan word “Hell” along with three other words, Sheol, Hades and Tartarus – none of which means Hell as we understand it. If Luke is trying to be a historian, he’s a poor one, and in Acts, he contradicts or disagrees with things Paul said about himself, in his own writings Luke was probably redacted because his coverage of the crucifixion is a bit docetist – that is his Jesus doesn’t suffer as in Mark and Matthew. He’s up there chatting up the guards and other victims, when he should be struggling in horrible anguish, just to get in one more breath. He’s God, so he’s not suffering. And what kind of sacrifice is it, when you know you will be brought back to life?
      Doesn’t it seem odd that the most important event in the history of mankind, according to Christians, went basically unnoticed by the masses, not to mention all the historians of the time, who have nothing to say about this Jesus dude. They also fail to mention bodies coming out of graves, or three hours of darkness due to an eclipse. These things obviously never happened. There is nothing in writing until Paul, and Paul does not know a human Jesus. The author Mark apparently turned Jesus into a flesh and blood human. It has been asserted that there were two versions of Mark, the one we have for the common people, and a Mystery Mark for the enlightened. Unfortunately, the Church eliminated as many non-orthodox texts as possible, so we don’t know if perhaps this Mystery Mark explained that Jesus was not a real human but only a celestial being. We do know that there were many sects of Christianity in the early days and they all disagreed on various points, from the Ebionites, to the Marcionites, to the Gnostics, Docetists, and others. Those with the power – the proto-orthodox, determined what the orthodoxy would be and stamped out all resistance and destroyed all non-compliant texts – but then Nag Hammadi happened, and we found evidence for many of these old texts, and they reinforce the idea of a celestial Jesus whose job was to clean up after a lesser god who created all this mess.
      What it boils down to is that we don’t have any reasonable objective evidence that a historical Jesus existed. If the original texts were “inspired,” they weren’t inspired enough to make sure the originals survived.. We know there are redactions and edits to all the gospels and even some of Paul’s letters. Both Jesus and Paul claimed end-times were imminent and both were wrong. It’s time to start accepting this for what it is – a myth, just like the creation myth, Exodus myth and conquest of Canaan myth. None of it happened as described.

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