Today I want to address something that I have seen circulating around the internet. Lately I have been hearing people put down Christianity by claiming that Jesus’ bones have been found. The first person I heard say this, I sort of brushed it off and thought to myself, “where would they hear something like that?” I kind of thought maybe they just made it up. But after hearing it from a few different people, I thought hmmm, and looked into it for myself.
Now if it hasn’t dawned on you yet why finding Jesus’ bones would be a huge defeat over Christians, it would be because as Christians we believe that Jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven. But here is the thing, people want so badly to disprove the Bible that when they hear that Jesus’ bones have been discovered they get so excited that they easily believe it without questioning.
Now me, on the other hand, I don’t believe ANYTHING without seeing proof first. I would consider myself an investigative person in that sense, and you can ask my mother if you don’t believe me. She has always gotten irritated with me because when she tells me something I always say, “And exactly HOW do you know that?” And she always gets mad and says, “Why do you always question everything I say!?” It’s not just everything she says, I just question everything, because I seek out the truth. I never like to assume anything is true from hearsay. Unfortunately, not all non-believers have the same attitude. And when they hear that Jesus’ bones have been discovered, they quickly yell, “AHA! You stupid Christians! Where is your Savior NOW?!?!”
I googled “Jesus bones” and several websites came up, both Biblical and un-Biblical. These claims have recently become popular because of a documentary produced by James Cameron (even though it has been around for years). However; I could not find even 1 article that claimed these were without doubt actually the remains of Jesus. All of them admitted faults in these claims. First of all, these bones were discovered back in 1980, but they only recently did a documentary on it (the first thought that comes to my mind, is if they were really Jesus’ bones it would have been BIG news a long time ago). These are the first web sites that came up, if you look at them for yourself, you can see that none of them claim that these are really of Jesus (of the Bible, that is).
The claim is that this is supposedly a family tomb with 10 ossuaries bearing inscriptions. Some were in ancient Greek and some were in Hebrew. One inscription said “Jesus, son of Joseph”, another said “Mara”, a common form of Mary, and another said “Yose”, a common form of Joseph. Also, there was one with “Yehuda bar Yeshua” — possibly Aramaic for “Judah son of Jesus.”
According to Dr. Nelson L Price, “The tomb in suburban Jerusalem in which the ossuaries were found is known as “the Jesus tomb,” the tomb of Jesus’ family. Tombs were very expensive. Where would a simple carpenter an itinerant preacher get enough money to afford such a tomb? Had He owned a tomb, it would have been the only earthly thing He is known to have had. Had He owned a family tomb, according to Jewish tradition, it would have been in Nazareth not Jerusalem.
Tombs had to be registered with the Jewish authorities of the day. If a personality as public and popular as Jesus had a family tomb, its registration would have been a thing of note. There was no such tomb registered.
Mary the mother of Jesus is also said to have been buried in the same tomb. From the cross Jesus gave John the responsibility of caring for his mother. Creditable records say that in caring for her he eventually buried her in Ephesus-now a part of Turkey. I have visited her tomb there as have millions of tourists.
Yet, the Discovery Channel documentary was based on statistics and a few critics who aspire to discredit Jesus.”
What’s interesting to note also, is that upon DNA testing it was determined that the Mary and Jesus that were found were not biologically related. Therefore, the bones of that Jesus were not that Mary’s son, and it was determined that since they were in a family tomb together, they were probably husband and wife. Which would mean they could be the parents of the one labeled, “Judah son of Jesus.” Last I checked, the Jesus in the Bible didn’t have a son named Judah!
And according to Rich Deem: “Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, is unsure that the name ”Jesus” on the ossuary was read correctly, since ancient Semitic script is difficult to read. He thinks it’s more likely that the name is ”Hanun.” Bar-Ilan University Prof. Amos Kloner indicated that “Jesus son of Joseph” inscriptions had been found on several other ossuaries over the years. In addition, Kloner indicated, “There is no likelihood that Jesus and his relatives had a family tomb. They were a Galilee family with no ties in Jerusalem. The Talpiot tomb belonged to a middle-class family from the 1st century CE.””
One of the claims that I heard from someone was “How many people with the name Jesus do you really think lived back then?” It was meant as sarcastic, as a way to prove that this MUST be Jesus. Actually, Jesus is only another translation of Joseph, and the names Mary, Joseph and Jesus are some of the most common names in early Palestine.
There were many named Jesus back then, but only one Jesus, son of man. Only one Jesus, son of God. Only one Jesus who died and ascended into heaven!
I could write 10 pages about evidence that disproves this claim, but I shall stop here.