March 19, 2007
The Tomb of Jesus
1980, South Jerusalem, a build site for new apartments are held when a tomb of some sort is found while digging. Upon the arrival of the first archaeologists Josef Gat, Amos Kloner and Shimon Gibson one thing was noted right away, the strange symbol over the door to the Tomb. Nothing like it had ever been seen before, a decorative V- or Y-shaped chevron over a prominent circle. It measured more than a meter wide. All three archaeologists knew that the splendor of the fascia, especially in a tomb with no other decorative features, was extremely rare. Hundreds of tombs have been uncovered since the 1970s, and of all the thousands of ossuaries pulled from those tombs, only about 20% bear inscriptions. In the case of the Talpiot tomb, 6 of the 10 bared inscriptions. Every inscription has been corroborated by the world's leading scholars in the field, including professors Amos Kloner, Tal Ilan, Frank Moore Cross and the legendary L.Y. Rahmani. Every inscription bears a relationship to the Gospels. While the names themselves range from the most common to the fairly rare, it is the cluster of names that is unique.
The first inscription, written in Aramaic, states: "Yeshua bar Yosef." Translated, it reads "Jesus son of Joseph." This is very rare. The second inscription, written in Hebrew reads: "Maria." 25 % of all Jewish women in first century Judea (ancient Israel) were called "Miriam," in English, "Mary." As a result, to distinguish one from the other, variants and nicknames were adopted. Through literary sources the name of the mother of Jesus has always come down to us in one way: "Maria." Finding a Latin version of a Hebrew name inscribed phonetically in Hebrew letters is rare. Only eight other such inscriptions have ever been identified. The third inscription, written in Hebrew, reads: "Matia". This is the Hebrew original of the English "Matthew". It is not known whether the... [continues]
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