Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jesus Tomb evidence was a mistake

Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem says that the filmmakers of The Lost Tomb Of Jesus, had mistaken a crucial piece of evidence.

In the controversial documentary by James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici, an ancient ossuary from a cave containing the tombs of Jesus and his family, was thought to belong to Mary Magdalene. Pfann says that the original transcription of the inscription on the Mary Magdalne ossuary was incorrect.

The inscription does not read “Mariamene the Master” nor does the name Mariamene or Mariamne appear on the ossuary at all. He claims that the inscription reflects the writing of two distinct scribes who wrote in different forms of the Greek script. The correct reading of the inscription is “Mariame and Mara" which means that the ossuary contained the bones of at least two different women, interred at two separate times, one named Mariame and the other Mara and not Mary Magdalene.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Pfann said, "James Cameron is a great guru of science fiction, and he's taking it to a new level with Simcha Jacobovici. You take a little bit of science, spin a good yarn out of it and you get another Terminator or Life of Brian."

Previously: Tombs of Jesus and family found

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