LOST TOMB OF JESUS':
FACT OR FICTION
The documentary "Tomb of Jesus" was not designed to give us an objective, factual view of this discovery. Rather it was produced in a way, crafting the facts to influence us into their belief, that JESUS did not descend into heaven but was buried in a family tomb just as everyone else.
There is much talk about the quote, "Lost Tomb of Jesus". If this finding is true (real) it shatters the Christian Faith as we know it because would prove: 1- JESUS was (secretly) married to Mary Magdelene and had a (secret) child, 2- Jesus may or may not have died on the Cross and been Resurrected, 3-Even if JESUS were resurrected, he did not bodily ascend to heaven as the Bible says but his body/bones were buried in a tomb.
Some supporters of this Film's claim speculate that Jesus' Ascencion was spiritual only but Scripture does not teach this, that Jesus gathered his disciples together (40 days later) and died and his Disciples believed his spirit ascended to heaven.
Is this really the Tomb of Jesus and his skeletal remains? is Gospel Christianity shattered as we know it? I believe the answer is no, this Tomb and its remains are not of JESUS. Read the facts and decide for yourself.
Before we begin, we must remember something. Most people today assume there was only one person named JESUS in ancient Israel from 0 BC to 36 AD so this tomb must belong to JESUS. This is a false premise. JESUS' name in Hebrew is "Yeshuah" (which means "God is Salvation). Its English equivalent is "Joshua".
PREMISE ONE: THE TOMB IS NOT
THE FAMILY OF JESUS OF NAZERETH
a) In the time (tomb) period of 30 AD to 70 Ad, "Yeshuah" was a fairly common and popular name for Hebrew boys to be named as "Yeshuah" was a young man who became leader of Israel after Moses died. So there was more than one Hebrew boy named "Yeshuah" (Jesus) in ancient Jerusalem. Yet there was only ONE "YESHUAH" (JESUS OF NAZERETH) who claimed to be The MESSIAH and did healing wonders and miracles as proof.
b) The Hebrew names Mary, John ("Yon"), Jospeh ("Yosuf"), Judah ("Yudah") were very common names, such as Mary, John and Jospeh would be in any Italian or Irish community here in America. In Jesus' Time (30 AD to 70 AD) there could have been at least 20 other families buried in this "lost tomb" THAT FIT THE NAMES AND BIBLE GENEOLOGY ON THE INSCRIPTIONS besides the actual family of JESUS including his remains.
c) One name on a coffin box is "MARIA" a Hebrew derivitive of MARY yet it has one extra letter. The film makers of this documentary claim this was Mary's "Roman-izied" name. But The Jewish People of 36-70 AD did not Roman-ize a Hebrew name (Rome was their occupier and enemy). The Hebrew name on the tomb should read MARY ("MRI") in Hebrew not MARIA ("MRIH"). These are TWO SEPERATE NAMES. *Also in the New Testament, written in Greek and Latin (Roman) both versions use MARY not MARIA.
d) One name on the box (in Hebrew) translates into English either MARY, DAUGHTER OF or MARY THE MAGDELENE." The Film maker's claim from the 2nd to 4th century, Mary Magdelene was known as MARY THE MAGDELENE. Yet This Mary 2 was buried by Jewish people before 70 AD who were not Gnostics who glorified Mary Magdelene as a "master".
e)An Inscription on one coffin box reads, "YESHUAH BEN YOSUF" (JESUS, SON OF JOSEPH). This was also very common, as much so as JOHN, SON OF JOSEPH or JAMES, SON OF JOHN. So at least 20 other families could have been buried in the "Jesus Tomb" all fitting the Inscription "Yeshuah ben Yosuf" (Biblical Chronology) found on the coffin boxes in the lost tomb.
WHERE ARE THE WOUNDS?
If these are truly JESUS' skeletal remains found in this coffin box, where are the wounds? The Bible says (and History supports) JESUS OF NAZERETH was curified, he had spikes driven thru his hands/wrists and ankles. YET THE SKELETON CLAIMED TO BE BODY OF JESUS' SHOWS NO SUCH BLUNT-FORCE TRAMUA WOUNDS. These are not the remains of a person who was impaled upon A Cross and I doubt if the shoulder joints were dislocated as would occur during prolonged Crucifixtion.
PREMISE TWO: IT IS THE RIGHT
FAMILY TREE ABSENT OF JESUS
It is possible that The Skeletal remains in the tomb are truly JESUS' Family. We read in Scripture that a rich man gave his tomb to JESUS. So his family could have kept possession of this tomb (for the rich) and Mary, Mary, Magdelene, James, Miriam and others could have been buried there- EXCEPT FOR JESUS OF NAZERTH.
The film makers of this documentary state, "As Joseph was from Nazereth, he would have been buried in Nazereth (so his skeleton would not be in the box, "Jesus, Son of Joseph"). THIS IS AN ASSUMPTION THAT MAKES NO SENSE! Following that line of thought, Jesus and his entire family were ALL from Nazereth and should ALL have been buried in Nazereth. Yet here is the "lost tomb" in JERUSALEM, allegedly filled with the remains of Jesus and his entire family (minus Joseph). THIS MAKES ZERO SENSE.
MY ALTERNATE THEORY: RIGHT
FAMILY TOMB- JOSEPH'S BONES
It is also possible this Lost Tomb Discovery is truly the remains of Jesus' family, of Mary, Judah, Mary Magdelene and Joseph (VOID OF JESUS" BODY ).
The remains of Joseph could have been placed in the coffin box inscribed "JESUS, SON OF JOSEPH" as a marker for Joseph (to show he was the husband of Mary/adoptive father of Jesus). IF JESUS TRULY ASCENDED BODILY INTO HEAVEN, his body would not be on earth yet the body of Jospeh, would be. Again, why would Joseph be buried in Nazereth apart from his entire family in Jerusalem?
THE DNA MYSTERY- SOLVED
As Joseph was not related to Mary Magdelene, this would agree with the Film's DNA results. The male body in the JESUS COFFIN was Joseph who was not a relative of Mary 2 in another coffin box (believed to be Mary Magdelene).
AGAIN, THE SKELETAL REMAINS IN THE JESUS BOX DO NOT SHOW ANY BLUNT FORCE TRAMUA TO THE HANDS AND FEET. THIS STRONGLY SUGGESTS THE BODY OF JOSPEH NOT JESUS WAS BURIED IN THIS COFFIN BOX.
In closing, its very possible that my theory above is correct. This discovery is the Lost Tomb of JESUS with one exception, it is JOSEPH buried in the "YEHSHUAH SON OF YOSUF" box and not JESUS OF NAZERETH WHO ASCENDED TO HEAVEN ON A CLOUD.
Either way, (JESUS REAL FAMILY OR ANOTHER FAMILY) once again an Attempt to Link JESUS to The Davinci Code, Secret Marriage, No Resurrection, No Ascention HAS FAILED. THE CLAIMS ARE NOT PROVEN AND HAVE NOT SHATTERED THE CHRISTIAN FAITH BASED UPON THE GOSPEL!
Pastor Harry/CH of PHL-INT
POINT TO PONDER: If Jesus did not rise from the dead or He did, gathered his disciples together (40 days later) and then collapsed- dead, do you really believe the Disciples would have continued to start the first Church? Do you really believe they would have buried Jesus' bones and then started the GREATEST LIE & FRAUD IN HISTORY?
What would have motivated the Disciples to create such a lie? They knew they would face intense persecution, probably beating and death for claiming JESUS was the Messiah who rose from the dead? WOULD YOU DIE FOR A LIE? It was not as today where as Televangelists such as TBN and Benny Hinn can rip off the Public for $$$ millions of dollars!
There was no money to be made by the Apostles creating and following a LIE that Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. if they found JESUS dead body, they would have buried him and resumed their lives as simple fisherman, NOT BECOME BOLD FOLLOWERS OF A CORPSE AND MARTYRS FOR A LIE.
What would you have done if you were one of the Disciples and then found JESUS body lying dead in the tomb?... see my point?
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