one can't help but feel that the silly season is upon us again, or is it a 'slow news day' so the wires have to be filled with something.
The BBC news website is carrying the story: Jesus tomb found, says film-maker. the last part of that headline really does set the context for the rest of the article. Read on through it and you see that the archaeologists do not claim it to be the tomb of Christ rather; "[they] said that the burial cave was probably that of a Jewish family with similar names to that of Jesus."
It is also claimed by the film-maker that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were a couple (yes that old nonsense again!). However the evidence simply does not support this. With all the brouhouha about the Davinci Code we saw clearly that it is not possible for Jesus & Mary to have been a couple and there is NO evidence anywhere in the scriptures to support that notion. Dan Brown based his claim on Luke 8:1-3, read it and you'll see just how tenuous a claim Brown's was.
With a claim like this about Jesus it's always good to stick to the facts. Firstly, Jesus rose from the tomb. This is a clearly documented fact agreed upon by theists and atheists alike. The evidence isn't just limited to the four gospels but other contemporary writers/historians recorded the fact. Also, Jesus was seen by thousands after his resurrection from the tomb. It would have taken a publicity stunt greater than a David Blaine circus act to have pulled the wool over so many eyes. It simply wasn't possible to dupe so many people.
Secondly, Jesus and Mary were not married and did not have a son. There is no evidence on this planet to suggest otherwise. There is plenty of speculation and supposition, but the fact that Jesus' closest friends never mentioned anything about them being married and the fact that no other eye witness to his life ever made such a claim tells us more than any speculation ever could.
Thirdly, the film-maker clearly has an agenda, to sell a film! Just as Brown had a book to sell, money has to be made and what better way to do it than by resurrecting some half baked conspiracy theory that has more holes than the titanic?
Ben Witherington once again deals with this far better than I could ever hope to and I fully recommend his Blog.