Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The latest on the "Jesus Tomb"

In "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" documentary by James Cameron, one of the ossuaries ("bone boxes") found alongside the so-called tomb of Jesus carries the inscription "Mariamene e Mara" and they translate this as "Mary, known as Master." Now compare this too what some scholars have already said. Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland says:
"Mara in this context does not mean Master. It is an abbreviated form of Martha. Probably the ossuary contained two women called Mary and Martha (Mariamne and Mara)."
Stephen Pfann, a textual critic and paleographer at University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, also agrees with Bauckham's conclusions, stating:
"There is no longer any reason to be tempted to link this ossuary... to Mary Magdalene or any other person in biblical, non-biblical or church tradition."
Yet more hard proof that the "Jesus tomb" escapade is a publicity stunt and not in any way a significant discovery.

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