In a ruling that can boost the argument put forward by the proponents of the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children may find legible with the latest verdict by an Israeli court that the documentary evidence provided was enough of evidence to show that so-called “Jesus’s “Lost Tomb” was not a fraud.
What follows the verdict is resurrection of the debate over Magdelene’s existence that the Church had for centuries buried as fiction and may even dilute the belief in Jesus’s resurrection after his murder. Based on a 2007 Discovery Channel documentary, the court backed Israeli filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici’s claim to have found “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” in 1980 in Talpiot area in Jerusalem along with other names bearing Mary, Matthew, Joseph and Judas from the Biblical era.
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— David M. Wray (@HistoryWray) June 9, 2015
The defamation case was filed by Jacobovici against his detractor and former Israeli official Joe Zias, and the award of $208,000 in damages may be just the tip of an iceberg as the world attention would now be on proponents of Jesus family, including Dan Brown who made an elaborate discussion on Magdalene in his controversial novel “Da Vinci Code” that was made into a film later.
Based on Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper”, he says there was a woman next to Jesus in the painting and that Da Vinci was aware of the fact.
James Tabor, a historian from the University of North Carolina who had his hand in the making of Jacobovici’s documentary, told Live Science “If true, the idea that Jesus was buried on Earth would undermine one of the central tenets of Christianity,” as the bones of Jesus would put to rest the resurrection theory altogether. Now the Catholic Christians and the Vatican would be enraged, if not ready to reply to the claims.
The Church believes that Jesus was not married, leave alone having any children. But Jacobovici claims that the 1980 tomb findings point at the evidence that Jesus was indeed married and had children and they were all buried at the Talpiot site.
The post-verdict phase has seen dispute over the claims of the names of Jesus and his family on the tomb. Some historians argue that boxes inside the tomb do not necessarily match with the names in Biblical literature, while researchers said the findings were neither peer-reviewed nor authentic from archaeological research standards.
However, the court merely cleared Jacobovici of fraud but remained silent on committing any remark on his findings, thus leaving it to a wider discussion among the academics and theologists. Paul Stevenson, a commentator said, “What was the surname on the supposed tomb of this Jesus? We don’t know Bilical Jesus, Mary or Josephs surname anyway, it’s never given. “Christ” is his religious position in the trinity and the Abrahamic covenant, not His last name.”
Another Gautier from Mississippi sayd, “The ruling does not say that Jacobovici and his supporters are right, only that Joe Zias libeled him in accusing him of committing fraud and planting evidence. You can be wrong and not commit fraud and/or plant evidence.”
Quoting from Biblical literature, Carol Martin writes: “Jesus was never married. The only marriage of Jesus is yet to come….Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 2 Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”
However, Maxwell Adom from Ghana Christian University College says,”Many can’t stand the fact that Jesus Christ died and rose again. This is not the first time such an attack has risen against the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Matthew, Mary are all common Jewish names. What is the evidence that the Jesus in the box refers to the Jesus in the Bible. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact and cannot be wished away by such unproven theory.”