The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity [NOOK Book]

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The Jesus Discovery is the story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles.

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery—two ossuaries, or bone boxes, one carved with the earliest known image of Jonah; ...
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Overview

The Jesus Discovery is the story of a stunning new discovery that provides the first physical evidence of Christians in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus and his apostles.

In 2010, using a specialized robotic camera, authors Tabor and Jacobovici explored a previously unexcavated tomb in Jerusalem from around the time of Jesus. They made a remarkable discovery—two ossuaries, or bone boxes, one carved with the earliest known image of Jonah; the other displaying a reference to resurrection. Since the newly discovered ossuaries can be reliably dated to before 70 AD, it is possible that whoever was buried in this tomb knew Jesus and heard him preach. In addition, the newly examined tomb is in close proximity to the so-called Jesus Family Tomb, and its discovery increases the likelihood that the “Jesus Family Tomb” is, indeed, the real tomb of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Religion professor James Tabor and documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici have already generated major controversies about the early history of Christianity. The Jesus Family Tomb, which Jacobovici co-wrote, contended that a first-century tomb discovered in 1980 might lend no evidence to the Gospel story and Tabor's 2006 The Jesus Dynasty proposed a new understanding of the early Christian movement. The revelations of The Jesus Discovery promise to eclipse even the hubbub generated by these two earlier books. According to the co-authors, a recent archaeological discovery provides proof that belief in the resurrection of Jesus actually predates the Gospels. The new find will be the subject of a primetime Discovery Channel television documentary. A book that will command media attention.

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“An exciting, extraordinary, exceptional discovery. See for yourself the first archeological evidence ever for early Christian belief in resurrection.”

“These newly discovered findings, revealed by a sophisticated robotic camera exploration, are extremely important for early Jewish-Christian archaeology.”

Barrie Wilson
“An exciting, extraordinary, exceptional discovery. See for yourself the first archeological evidence ever for early Christian belief in resurrection.”
Peter Lampe
“These newly discovered findings, revealed by a sophisticated robotic camera exploration, are extremely important for early Jewish-Christian archaeology.”
Library Journal
Television producer Jacobovici and religion professor Tabor discuss the discovery in Jerusalem of a sealed first-century tomb with iconography revealing a belief in Jesus's resurrection—before the gospels were written. How does that relate to a nearby tomb the authors identify as belonging to Jesus's family? Tabor wrote The Jesus Dynasty, Jacobovici cowrote The Jesus Family Tomb, and the controversy continues. With a Discovery Channel television documentary in the offing, so be prepared.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451650525
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 207,880
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

James Tabor
James D. Tabor is chair of the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He holds a PhD in biblical studies and is an expert on Christian origins. He is the author of several books, among them The Jesus Dynasty. Visit him online at JamesTabor.com.

Simcha Jacobovici is a three-time Emmy winning filmmaker, author of The Jesus Family Tomb (with Charles Pellegrino), and host of the television series The Naked Archaeologist. He is also an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Huntington University in Sudbury, Ontario. Visit him at APLT.ca and SimchaJtv.com.

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© 2012 James D. Tabor

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is a beautifully written book. It details a 1st Century Jewish/Christian tomb investigation that was carried out in the most professional manner by archeologists, historians, and technological experts using state-of-the-art cameras and robotic arms.

    The images on the ossuaries in the tomb were measured and photographed by drilling and dropping high tech equipment through pipes from above ground so as not disturb the burial tomb. That they were able to gain access to a tomb that lies many feet underground a 1980's condominium is simply amazing itself.

    These images captured during the exploration bring to light the earliest personal testimonies (to date) found on 1st Century bone boxes...and reveal the funeral art of early Christians/Jews. This archeological evidence documents a belief in resurrection, that predates existing resurrection art/evidence by about 200 years (in the Roman catacombs). Out of over 1000 recorded and examined ossuaries in Israel, this discovery is unique and the first of its kind.

    It's an amazing read for Bible students, art lovers and historians alike.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    The authors have done their homework and present fascinating arc

    The authors have done their homework and present fascinating archeological evidence in an accessible manner. The re-evaluation of Mary Magdalen that they present is especially timely. The reader will come away with an increased appreciation of how Christianity started off as a messianic sect of Judaism. Unfortunately, the authors do not explore the source(s) of the belief that a corpse was re-animated, a belief that does not appear to be original to Early Christianity, yet which developed at the same time and later merged with Christianity. Arguably, this is out of the book's scope, and the book is challenging enough already.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    I had read The Jesus Family Tomb and had seen the the TV program

    I had read The Jesus Family Tomb and had seen the the TV programs dealing with each of the Talpiot tombs and felt that this book would probably not have much more to offer.

    I was wrong.

    This book presents strong arguments to support the hypothesis that the two tombs in the Talpiot suburb of Jerusalem are quite special.  When analyzed in tandem, they represent not just a clearly pre-70 BCE Christian burial area and a tomb that might have some interesting coincidence in name inscriptions, but instead two tombs that each held the bones of people we know from scripture.

    This is a book that deals with history, not theology. Indeed, the authors firmly point out that the findings they present in no way counter one's belief in resurrection. Indeed, their report includes the earliest yet discovered symbols of Christian resurrection.

    This is exciting stuff!

    Their research used techniques ranging from "good ole archeology" to the study of ancient scripts, to the most modern of techniques, including robotic cameras and advanced DNA analysis techniques.

    This book is perfect for three groups of people: those who are not at all familiar with this subject; those who are reasonably in agreement with the information presented in the earlier book and TV shows; and, perhaps most importantly, those who know something about these prior efforts and are in strong disagreement.

    Beside enjoying the results of all the research James Tabor & Simcha Jacobovici  presented here, I was highly impressed by the pace of the book and even more so by the logical progression of findings, building to the final conclusions.

    This book doesn't have to change your mind or your beliefs. Just read it with an open, historical rather than theological, mindset and I think you will find this intriguing.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    Informative with Support for Historical Facts. I found this boo

    Informative with Support for Historical Facts. I found this book to be very interesting, well written and solid in reinforcement of the authors proposed conclusions. Although many will say this book is a fraud, it is well worth reading for anyone interested in history of religion, early Christianity and Holy Land archaeology. As explained in the book, what is found in the tomb provides strong support for the beliefs of the early Christians and the words of Paul. I believe that ones faith should be stronger after reading this book and recognizing what the early followers of Yeshua believed and understood. Reading this book was also very timely in that Oded Golan, that was on trial for alledged forgery regarding the James son of Joseph and brother of Jesus ossury trial was recently dismissed. The book provided some interesting additional questions to consider as well as illustrate how we can lose valuable information from neglect of artifacts, ignorance, resistance and adversion to change. In general, this book was was difficult for me to put down and I have ordered the Jesus Tomb to read as a follow up. As so well stated in the book, "good history is never the enemy of informed faith."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Worth the wait

    The other reviews are silly. They say they didn't even read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Available??

    I've had this pre-ordered forever. When will it be available?

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