Scientist Claims He's Discovered The "Lost Tomb" Of Jesus Christ

A Jerusalem-based geologist says that he has found "virtually unequivocal evidence" that could spark intense controversy. He believes he's found the tomb, the final resting place, of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Aryeh Shimron claims to have carried out tests that suggest Talpiot Tomb, a burial site discovered in East Jerusalem in 1980, is the family grave for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife Mary Magdalene, and his son, Judah.

A burial box, or ossuary, with the inscription “Judah son of Jesus” was found in the East Talpiot district of East Jerusalem. Credit Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

A documentary directed by James Cameron in 2007, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, asserted that there were ossuaries inscribed with the words "Jesus son of Joseph," "Mary," and other names associated with the New Testament. Inscriptions in the tomb suggest that Jesus was married, had a child, and that the story of crucifixion and Resurrection were completely fabricated.

The claims were largely refuted, but Dr. Shimron says that geochemical tests on a tenth ossuary make it likely the box was removed from the others in the Talpiot Tomb. This is significant because Aramaic inscription on the ossuary reads "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."

“The evidence is beyond what I expected,” Dr Shimron said. “I think I’ve got really powerful, virtually unequivocal evidence that the James ossuary spent most of its lifetime, or death time, in the Talpiot Tomb.”

These results are likely to rekindle quite the debate surrounding the possible remains of Jesus. All these claims are far from accepted in both religious and scientific circles.

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