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Jesus Family Tomb Statistics Don’t Add Up, Experts Say

Many experts are rejecting the statistical evidence of the Jesus family tomb find, stating that it is inaccurate and misleading.

According to Simcha Jacobovici and his team of experts, there is only a 1 in 600 chance that the bones uncovered in a first-century Jerusalem tomb are not those of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. The panel’s findings are based on the rarity of finding first-century ossuaries featuring the inscriptions “Jesus son of Joseph”, “Mariamene e Mara” and “Yose” in the same tomb.

However, the majority of archaeologists and scholars has rejected this claim, saying that the names were common during Jesus’ time and therefore cannot be conclusively linked to Jesus and his family.

Religious scholar Charles Quarles of Louisiana has even put forth his own statistics. Disregarding the ossuary inscribed “Mariamene e Mara” because of what he believes is strong evidence against it being that of Mary Magdalene, Quarles states that between 56 and 105 males in Jerusalem during Jesus’ lifetime had a father named Joseph, and close relatives named Mary and Jose. Therefore, according to Quarles, it would be unlikely that the East Talpiot tomb belongs to Jesus and his family.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness

In The News Archive

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Scholars Propose Alternative Theories About Jesus Family Tomb03/26/2007
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Tomb Find Raises Questions, Criticism03/19/2007
Scholar Rejects Jesus Tomb Find03/16/2007
Fresh Criticism of Jesus Family Tomb03/16/2007
Jesus Family Tomb Statistics Don’t Add Up, Experts Say03/15/2007
Jerusalem Bishop: Jesus Tomb Film Misleading03/09/2007
Christian Leaders Weigh In on Jesus Family Tomb Discovery03/07/2007
Experts Weigh in on Jesus Tomb Find03/02/2007
Israel Authorities May Open Talpiot Tomb to the Public02/27/2007
Jacobovici and Cameron Defend Claims02/26/2007

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