Jesus Stunt

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader sees on the Washington Post that “leading archeologists” are claiming the whole Discovery Channel/James Cameron “Lost Tomb of Jesus” is a publicity stunt.

Your Maximum Leader must ask, is it sweeps time again? Is Discovery looking to up its advertising rates? He forgets when these times of year are, but he suspects that when there is a rash of programming he wants to see - or programming that he hears/reads a lot about - it is generally sweeps time.

Anyhoo…

Your Maximum Leader likes this part of the WaPo article:

Jodi Magness, an archaeologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, expressed irritation that the claims were made at a news conference rather than in a peer-reviewed scientific article. By going directly to the media, she said, the filmmakers “have set it up as if it’s a legitimate academic debate, when the vast majority of scholars who specialize in archaeology of this period have flatly rejected this,” she said.

Magness noted that at the time of Jesus, wealthy families buried their dead in tombs cut by hand from solid rock, putting the bones in niches in the walls and then, later, transferring them to ossuaries.

She said Jesus came from a poor family that, like most Jews of the time, probably buried their dead in ordinary graves. “If Jesus’ family had been wealthy enough to afford a rock-cut tomb, it would have been in Nazareth, not Jerusalem,” she said.

Exactly.

You heard it from your Maximum Leader first.
Carry on.

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