Read the Book That Rewrites our Understanding of Earliest Christianity

Regular readers of my blog are quite up to date on the strange web of intrigue and controversy since the publication of The Jesus Discovery by James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici, and the airing of the film “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery/The Jesus Discovery” in the US and Canada respectively. Slowly but surely more of the full story is coming out. Eretz, the magazine of Israel, has an exclusive cover story on our discoveries in the May, 2012 English version with the intriguing title: Archaeological Storm: Who’s Afraid of the Tomb of Jesus?  There are some new and important facts and circumstances related to the 1981 discovery of what we have called the “Patio” tomb in East Talpiot–the one below the condominium building that we accessed via robotic arm and cameras. I will be blogging on this over the next few days. Stay tuned.

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- The earliest Christian symbols ever discovered and the first Christian symbol ever found in 1st century CE Jerusalem.

- The earliest testimony of faith in the resurrection of Jesus, predating any of the New Testament gospels.

- The earliest record of a teaching or saying of Jesus, passed on perhaps by someone who heard him say it.

- The proximity of this discovery to the previously discovered “Jesus Family Tomb” increases the likelihood that the burial tomb of Jesus has been found.

- The first archaeological support for the theory that Jesus may have been buried with his wife and child.


This book documents a new archaeological discovery in a 1st century Jewish tomb in Jerusalem that relates to the earliest faith of Jesus’ followers. The tomb is located less than 200 feet away from the controversial Talpiot “Jesus family tomb,” raising the question of their relationship. Authors James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici analyze the new discoveries as well as its implications for understanding the Jesus tomb. Expect to be surprised at the conclusions.