The Tomb of Jesus and His Family?: Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem's Walls
Charlesworth, James H., editor
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. xx + 585. $48.00
In 1980 archaeologists unearthed a tomb near Jerusalem that contained a family's ossuaries inscribed with some familiar New Testament names, including Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. In 2007 the Discovery Channel produced and broadcast a documentary called The Lost Tomb of Jesus, raising interest—and controversy—among the public and specialists alike. Could this actually be the tomb of Jesus and his family? In January of 2008 a group of internationally renowned scholars from a broad range of disciplines met in Jerusalem to discuss that very question. Covering the archaeological facts about the discovery, Jewish burial customs during the late Second Temple period, first-century inscriptions, the Talpiot tomb, the James ossuary, the Holy Sepulcher, and more, this volume presents their expert perspectives on a much-publicized topic.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches
Review by Jodi Magness
Citation: Jodi Magness, review of James H. Charlesworth, ed., The Tomb of Jesus and His Family?: Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem's Walls, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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