The “family tomb of Jesus” and the resurrection.

But we are talking right now about the objections,
in the last two or three years of modern scholarship, to the very thing that he accepted as being
true; namely, that Jesus did rise from the dead. And one of the objections made a big splash,
and it is not heard of too much right now, but it was a big splash of Jesus’ family
tomb, namely that they found these bone boxes, one of which was Jesus’, and the bones supposedly
were in that box, which shows there was no resurrection. Talk to that. Strobel: Yeah. It’s interesting. I think you are right, it has died down. And one of the reasons it died down is because
so many experts have stepped forward and saying it doesn’t make sense, the evidence does
not add up. And, consequently, we see it has been kind
of deflated in terms of its popular acceptance. Ankerberg: Yeah. I do you one further. A week after the thing played, all of the
people that were cited in the special all denied it, except James Tabor. Strobel: Right. It is very interesting how many people backpedaled
and said they were misrepresented or whatever. But I think it is interesting, too, if you
look at the book that James Cameron, who was the movie producer of The Titanic, who wrote,
co-authored, the book about this, his first line in that book says, paraphrasing, but
I will tell you what it basically says: More and more scholars are now coming to the conclusion
that Jesus never really existed. That right there tells you this guy is out
to lunch. Ankerberg: He doesn’t know what he is talking
about. Strobel: Doesn’t know what he is talking
about. That is demonstrably false. That is just an incredibly inaccurate summation
of the evidence. Only the lunatic fringe believes that Jesus
never really existed. But that tells you sort of the responsible
level of their scholarship when you get into this thing. It tells you something about their thinking
process. The truth is they found some remains in a
tomb outside of Jerusalem. The two archaeologists who actually made the
discovery said they didn’t think, they didn’t believe, in fact, there is virtually no chance
that this is actually Jesus’ tomb. So you have the original discoverers of the
tomb discounting it in the first place. It did have some boxes, ossuaries, where they
would collect the bones of the dead. They would bury someone and come back later,
a year later or so, and collect the bones into a box called an ossuary. And there were names on them, and one of them
was Jesus, who was son of Joseph, and then there was, well others of His family supposedly
with similar names. Well, you know there was one Mary. But one out of every four or five women in
that time period, Jewish women, was named Mary. This was not unusual at all. In fact, there were about 1000 people named
Jesus who had a father named Joseph in Jerusalem in that timeframe. And if you even took into account all the
other names on the ossuaries, there is only one chance in 11 that this would be Jesus’
tomb and that, of course, ignores all of the other evidence to the contrary. I am just looking at it mathematically, it
is like a 9% chance. Plus the fact, not just the ossuaries that
they talked about on the TV show, I think nine or ten or whatever it was, there were
actually like 30 that were found in there. So when you factor those in it gets even more
confused. And so this is just something that is fading
from public consciousness finally, because enough people have stepped forward to say,
“You know what, this doesn’t add up. The evidence does not point in that direction. This is not Jesus tomb.” And so I think we are safe in discarding that.

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