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Published:February 26th, 2007 09:42 EST
Was Jesus Married? And Buried With His Wife?

Was Jesus Married? And Buried With His Wife?

By Anne Laszlo Howard

 

BREAKING NEWS DIRECTLY the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY - PRESS CONFERENCE

"Family Tomb of Jesus" revealed this Morning at New York Public Library- Two Ossuaries on Display " Tomb of Jesus, Tomb of Mariamne (Mary Maddalene) with the inscription The Master attesting to her high status in early Christianity.

New York-NY(rushprnews) 02/26/2007 " At 11 am today, at the New York Public Library, the Discovery Channel made public some ossuaries possibly containing the bones of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The press conference presented findings discovered during the making of   The Lost Tomb of Jesus ", a documentary made by Emmy winner investigative journalist Simcha Jacoboci, and produced by Academy Award winner James Cameron.  The documentary explores the discovery and findings surrounding 10 burial boxes uncovered near Talpiot, a suburb of Jerusalem, in March 1980, in a cave dating back 2,000 years.

In the film, Jacobovici explained that six of the boxes- inscribed in Hebrew, Latin and Greek- bear the names Yeshua (Jesus) bar Josef (son of Joseph), Maria (a Latin form of Miriam, or Mary, in English), Matia (Hebrew for Matthew, a name common to the families of Mary and Joseph), Yose (a name identified as Jesus’ brother in the Gospel of Mark), Yehuda bar Yeshua (Judah, son of Joseph), and Mariamne e mara (Mariamne, known as the master. Mariamne was Mary Magdalene`s real name, according to a Harvard professor).

Simcha Jacobovici stated during the press conference, "The journey was somewhat surreal. To know that these boxes hold the bones of Jesus of Nazareth and of his mother Mary, here in New York City today ". Jacobovici defended himself against attacks that he is an expert, I am an expert. I am an investigative journalist and as such, my job is to connect the dots and speaks to the scientists with the know-how ".  Jacobovici noted the details of the case: "We are messengers. Here are the facts: that there was a tomb discovered in Talpiot in 1980 by local children and that the tomb was excavated and scientists recorded. 6 out 10 of the bones had inscriptions. "

Patina fingerprinting was used to establish a relationship between the box of James-- brother of Jesus-- who was discovered in the antiquity market a few years ago and is being disputed as a forgery, and the boxes discovered in Talpiot.  The most important elements of the investigation are that Mary Magdalene was a prominent figure in early Christianity and that Jesus knew a married life.

Refuting claims that the filmmakers are trying to destroy Christianity, James Cameron states, I never doubted that Jesus walked this earth but until now, there wasn`t a shred of evidence that he existed, and what this film shows is tangible forensic and physical evidence of his existence ".  Cameron`s involvement with the Talpiot Tomb project came out of his passion for discovery... to shed light on mysteries, whether be deep sea exploration or assisting NASA.   As executive producer, his position was to play the role of the sceptic and pushed very hard for the hardest scientific pursuit so that we could have confidence in our results ".

According to Jacobovici, Mitochondrial DNA samples and patina fingerprinting taken proved the findings.