The Jesus Discovery
by James Tabor
In 2010, in a sealed tomb in Jerusalem, I was involved, along with Emmy award winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and archaeologist Rami Arav, in an unprecedented set of new discoveries. We immediately called in James Charlesworth and a number of other prominent scholars as consultants. This tomb, less than 200 feet away from the controversial Talpiot “Jesus Family tomb,” the subject of the 2007 Discovery television documentary, a best-selling book, The Jesus Family Tomb, and treated in my own 2006 book, The Jesus Dynasty. The trade paperback of The Jesus Dynasty was published in 2007, after the airing of the Discovery film, so that it includes updated material as well as an Epilogue on the Talpiot Jesus tomb. For that reason, if you are interested in this book it is better (and cheaper) to get the paperback.
What we discovered, through a sophisticated remote camera probe, is evidence of the earliest faith in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, but in a family tomb adjacent to one in which the bones of a “Jesus” and his family were put to rest. The Jesus Discovery puts together the entire story of these two Talpiot tombs and the potential implications for our understanding of the earliest days of the Jesus movement. The book is scheduled to come out February 28, 2012 and is now available on Amazon for pre-ordering: The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity. The discoveries themselves will also be part of a special two-hour documentary on Discovery Television.