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The “Jesus Discovery”

April 29, 2012
Resurrection of Christ

Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CRITICISMS OF “THE JESUS DISCOVERY” DESERVE THEIR OWN CRITICISM

Convoluted is the denial. I haven’t seen Jacobovici’s The Jesus Discovery, but Chris Evans’ “refutation” is none at all. His article at Huffington Post lacks the specifics that would make the case, instead using props for credibility, like a critic‘s reputation.

The critics admit it resembles a fish, but in their retort that there are other ossuaries with the same kind of object shaped like a fish, they actually strengthen Jacobivici’s observations.

I have no opinion at all on the book, having only the article so far from Chris Evans, and I’d say it’s a good bet that Jacobivici offered his own disclaimers to the effect that it’s not “proven” beyond reasonable doubt that he found “Jesus'” tomb. But the “doubters” are not convincing either.

That said, Chris Evans has apparently documented elsewhere the archaeological evidence for a very real Jesus Christ, which says something about our times more than anything else. That is, That someone has to document the obvious.

Apparently Simcha Jacobivici is not making any more claim than that it’s just evidence of earliest Christianity. That makes the critics’ criticisms even more suspect, as if that were what they were trying to deny. Their biggest problem is probably with the Resurrection itself and the reference to the fish.

I have learned something else from all this. I had always considered the early Christians‘ use of the fish as a symbol as a reference to Jesus’ call to Peter and James that he would make them “fishers of men”. Now I see that it likely served a double reference, the other being to the Resurrection.

 


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